Soldiers of the Nigerian army have killed 16 terrorists in Borno State following a battle which occurred around the Gwoza area of the state.
Soldiers of the Nigerian army have killed 16 Boko Haramterrorists in Borno State following a battle which occurred around the Gwoza area of the state.
The fighting also reportedly spread to Bita, Pulka and Gamboru but was contained by the troops.
“When we were fighting them at Bita, we got information that they had also attacked Pulka, a town between Gwoza and Bama. Suddenly we got another signal that they had again attacked Gamboru village near Damboa,” a military source told Daily Trust.
“A Save our Soul (SOS) signal was raised this morning (Tuesday) when the fight was still ongoing and fighter jets were deployed from Yola. It seems they planned the multiple attacks simultaneously to overwhelm us. The arrival of the jets actually helped the situation,” the source added.
The incident was also confirmed by Army spokesperson, Sani Usman via a statement.
“Troops of 26 and 28 Task Force Brigades repelled an early morning daring attack by fleeing Boko Haram terrorists on military locations at Pulka and Bitta in the fringes of Sambisa forest.”
“Yesterday, March 8, troops of 114 Task Force Battalion came under three-pronged attack by Boko Haram terrorists fanning out of Sambisa forest from Damboa, Tokumbere and Pulka axis.”
“At the end of the debacle, 2 Boko Haram insurgents paid for their atrocities with their lives while several others sustained gunshot injuries. The fate that befell those that attacked Pulka was more dreadful.”
“The ever ready and vigilant troops rose to the occasion by repelling the attacks and killing all the 16 attackers and captured one of them alive during the exploitation.”
“The gallant troops also recovered 11 AK-47 rifles, 3 General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), 1 Browning Machine Gun (BMG) and 2 Toyota Hilux vehicles. Others are a 60mm Mortar tube, 7 boxes of 12.7mm ammunition and 1 belt of 12.7mm ammunition.”
“There were no casualty on the troops except for 3 soldiers that sustained minor injuries. The troops remained on maximum alert and are equally busy consolidating and continuing with their clearance operations with high morale.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Boko Haram no longer poses a threat to Nigeria.
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