by Rachel Ogbu
14 Boko Haram terrorists, three soldiers have died while seven soldiers injured and one reported still missing… these are the latest figures coming from the on-going military operations in the Northern part of the country.
The Defence Headquarters on Sunday confirmed the numbers in a statement by Brig-Gen. Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information who said that the injured soldiers were being treated in a military medical facility.
According to reports, the statement said that a total of 20 Boko Haram insurgents were apprehended as they fled while seven vehicles and 13 mobile telephones were recovered after mop-up operations.
“There bases are being deserted but they are making efforts to evacuate most of the large stock of logistics including scores of vehicles in their holdings,” the statement read.
Premium Times report:
The statement noted that troops had continued the advance and attack on identified terrorist camps in the three North eastern states under emergency rule.
President Goodluck Jonathan had imposed state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa on May 14 over the deadly activities of the Boko Haram sect.
According to the defence spokesman, the military patrols will continue to secure towns and villages from infiltration while the curfew on identified flash points are being enforced.
The military statement claimed that the dislodged terrorists “are in disarray with a large number of them heading backwards to various border.
According to the statement, the Defence Headquarters is quite satisfied with the high standard of compliance with operational order and strict observance of the rules of engagement so far.
It said the forces had been directed to ensure that civilians were kept out of “harms way as much as possible”.