Troops of 233 Battalion deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole killed scores of Boko Haram insurgents while countering an ambush staged by elements of Boko Haram insurgents along Sasawa Road in Babangida Local Government Area of Yobe state.
In a statement signed by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director Public Relations of the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole he added that the troops encountered the ambush during a patrol to clear Yobe State of fleeing Boko Haram insurgents who have been on rampage for food and logistics.
Nwachukwu explained that the troops overpowered and killed the insurgents in the fire fight that ensued and successfully extricated themselves from the ambush.
He said, "Information have so far confirmed that the insurgents whose original mission was to attack and loot the nearby Babangida market for food and other logistics, aborted the mission to stage the ambush on getting wind of the troops patrol.
“Sadly, while fighting through the ambush, the troops recorded some casualties.
"The situation has been brought under firm control by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and additional troops have been drafted to the area to reinforce the patrol troops, while the Air Task Force is on aerial surveillance of the area to track down fleeing insurgent survivors.
"The good people of Babangida Local Government Area and Yobe state in general are urged not to panic but to remain calm and steadfast".