Troops of the Nigerian Army, at the weekend, discovered yet another Boko Haram bomb making factory near the border town of Ngala in Borno State.
Spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usma, said the troops acted on tip off and days of intelligence gathering, and had a fierce resistance at the discovered bomb making factory where gunmen engaged them in a shootout.
Col. Usma, the deputy director of Army public relations, said most of the gunmen manning the factory were, however, killed as soldiers recovered various Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other bomb making materials, adding that the troops are in good shape and making gains in the ongoing counter insurgency operations.
He said: “On Friday, April 30, 2016, the ever hard working troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, again succeeded in bursting a secret Boko Haram terrorists’ IED making factory in Ngala Town, north eastern Nigeria.
“It will recalled that despite their defeat, the terrorists continued to attack innocent citizens, military and soft targets through vehicular and human borne IED attacks despite ongoing clearance of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists, they persistently hid the IED manufacturing factories location.
“However, that would be no more, thanks to the efficient intelligence gathering and resilience of our troops. It was based on this that we got credible and timely information that made troops to swoop on one of such factories in Ngala town and destroy it, killing some of the terrorists.
In addition, they recovered 20 gas cylinders of various sizes prepared and ready for explosive insertion, primers, gun powder, electric wires and tape recorders, amongst other items.
“It is heart-warming to inform the public that troops in various parts of the theatre of operation LAFIYA DOLE are doing well and their morale remain very high,” Col. Usman added.