The Defence Headquarters has said that 13 suspected Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) alongside 6 women and 17 children from Kodila village have surrendered to the troops of 151 Task Force Battalion at Banki Junction in Bama local government area of Borno State.
This is sequel to the sustained aerial bombardment and aggressive clearance operations by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the North East.
The coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche said the suspects and their family members, who surrendered on 26 September 2020, have been receiving medical attention at the 21 Special Armoured Brigade Medical Centre.
He added that the suspects are currently undergoing thorough profiling and investigation in line with global best practice in handling such cases.
The coordinator also confirmed that 18 lives were lost in the ambushed attack on the convoy of the Borno State Civilians relocation committee comprising Armed Forces of Nigeria, Nigeria Police Force and Civilian Joint Task Force by members of the BHT/ISWAP at Barwati village on 25 September 2020.
He said though the attack and ambush was successfully repelled by the gallant troops, sadly, a total of 18 lives including four soldiers, 10 policemen and four civilians were lost during the sad incident.
He said following hot pursuit of the insurgents, the troops successfully recovered three vehicles.
He added that two of the vehicles belonging to the Nigeria Police were earlier carted away by the terrorists during the attack while one BHT gun truck was also captured.
He said, “The casualties recorded were as a result of the explosion from the multiple Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted on the road”.