The Nigerian Army, on Sunday said troops of its 7 Division, Operation Lafiya Dole, led by Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, the General Officer Commanding, cleared remnants of Boko Haram strategic hub town of Chukungudu, in the Lake Chad region of Borno State early last month.
At the end of the operation led by the 3 Battalion of 22 Brigade, according to a statement by Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman on Sunday, rescued 85 people, mostly women and children who had been held hostage by the insurgents.
The troops neutralized five Boko Haram terrorists fighters in a fierce encounter, following which several of the terrorists running into theLake Chad waters.
According the statement, “the troops recovered four rounds of rocket propelled grenade (RPG) bombs, one double barrel gun, 349 packets containing various rounds of ammunition, three magazines, a link belt of machine gun ammunition and one AK-47 rifle magazine.
“During the clearance operations, the troops made spectacular discovery of an improvised explosive device (IED) making factory at Geram.
“In the factory, they found several several already primed suicide bombers’ vests. They also found a well equipped motor vehicles and motorcycles’ workshop and spare parts warehouse at Chukungudu village,” Usman added.
In the process, the Army lost a soldier and destroyed the IED factory, vehicles and motorcycles.