An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by Boko Haram in the Lamba’a forest in Borno state against Nigerian soldiers has killed seven terrorists and heavily wounded eight others.
The development was confirmed by Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, Nigerian Army Operations media coordinator, in Abuja.
A statement from Iliyasu said the incident happened on Friday, October 18 adding that “some marauding Boko Haram criminals elements who were escaping the unbearable battle heat turned on them by Nigerian Army troops met their Waterloo as one of their vehicles, a Toyota Sam Sahara Model, stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) laid by them against NA troops at Lamba’a forest along Jakana – Mainok Road in Borno State.
“The self-inflicted destruction consumed seven Boko Haram criminals while eight others suffered severe injuries. Consequently, troops have mobilized to the general area for route clearance and mop-up operation.”
The statement added that in another development, a syndicate who specialised in smuggling smoked fish from the Lake Chad region for sale in some parts of Nigeria were arrested by troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole. According to the Nigerian Army, information at its disposal showed that Boko Haram criminals/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and their collaborators used the fish business to finance and sustain their heinous activities.
“The proceeds from the sales are believed to be channelled into the procurement of food stuff, groceries, drugs, toiletries, vehicle spare parts and other items for the sustenance of their criminal activities,” the statement.