A group of terrorists attempting to escape into Cameroon through Taraba and Gumti in Adamawa State have come under heavy fire from troops on patrol of the area in the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign.
The Director, Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, noted that the terrorists had been trapped as a result of ongoing offensive by troops along the borders, were given out when some of them could no longer bear the hunger in their make shift camps in the forest.
He added that “those who were apprehended led troops to other hideouts where fierce fighting ensued” and revealed that “seven terrorists died, while a large number of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and rifles were recovered including over 70 motorcycles”.
He further stated that a similar encounter in Gombi also led to the death of 4 other terrorists.
Meanwhile, sustained patrols and searches by the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have led to the arrest of more terrorists including a heavily armed suspect who is claiming dual nationalities of Chad and Burkina-Faso.
He was arrested with different calibre of arms and ammunition along the Chad borders and is currently helping in ongoing investigation by the Special Forces.
Patrols are still ongoing around the Lake Chad including Kwatan, Kanwa, Kwatan Yobe and other Islands.
The army supremo was speaking through a statement he released in Abuja on Thursday.