Two Nigerian soldiers and yet to be ascertained number of Boko Haram members were killed on Tuesday evening as the insurgents attack troops of the Nigerian Army 119 Task Force Battalion stationed in Kangarwa, northern Borno State.
The attack resulted in over three hours of exchange of gunfire between soldiers and the insurgents.
The insurgents were eventually repelled with support from the Nigerian and Chadian Air Force fighter jets, according to Colonel Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations.
Seven soldiers were also wounded in the exchange of gunfire.
“The attack which started at about 6.30pm was successfully repelled after about 3 hours of exchange of heavy gunfire that inflicted tremendous casualty on the terrorists. Unfortunately, 2 of our gallant soldiers paid the supreme price, while 7 were wounded in action.
“Due to poor visibility, the number of terrorists killed could not be ascertained for now.
The bodies of the gallant soldiers and those wounded in action are being evacuated while the unit is carrying out mop up operation.
“It should be noted that the successful repelling of the attack was made possible by support from the Nigerian and Chadian Air Force fighter jets,” Colonel Usman said in a statement released on Wednesday morning.