The Force Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Major General Lucky Irabor on Thursday revealed that 22 soldiers have lost their lives while 75 soldiers injured during various operations to clear the Lake Chad BasinN’Djamena, Chad of Boko Haram terrorists.
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Speaking during a press briefing, Major General Lucky Irabor said that about 59 terrorists have been killed in Action, while 5 of the terrorists were captured and 3 suicide bombers killed.
In a statement signed by Colonel Timothy Antigha, Chief Military Public Information of the MNJTF N’Djamena, he stated that other items recovered from the suspects include 3 Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices which were destroyed.
Others include one each of 81 and 82mm mortars and bombs which was captured, one 122mm Artillery gun and its prime Mover captured, 6 Gun Trucks which was destroyed.
"Fuel dump, food stores and communication platform were destroyed with several motorcycles also destroyed".
Antigha noted that Gashigar, Arege and Metele areas have been cleared of terrorists.
Speaking on losses of the MNJTF, General Irabor said that 22 men were killed in action while 75 were wounded, and a Scorpion tank and truck each were damaged.
Major General Irabor explained that the high casualty ratio of his troops was due to indirect fire and Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device attack by terrorists.
He assured that steps have been taken to forestall a reoccurrence.
The Force Commander hinted that already 50% of injured troops have been treated and discharged.
He reiterated the determination of the MNJTF in conjunction with national forces to deal decisively with Boko Haram terrorism, as Operation ANMI FAKAT continues.
Major General Irabor observed that Boko Haram terrorism like other similar conflicts create complex emergencies which attract humanitarian, military and other interventions.
He added that for such interventions to succeed, it is imperative for responsible actors to share and disseminate information.