Military forces repel insurgents incursion, eliminate scores in Borno
Charles Nwoke, Maiduguri, Nigeria
April 12, 2021
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The Nigerian Army says, its troops supported by the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) have frustrated Boko Haram extremists’ incursion into Damasak, Headquarters of Mobbar Local Government Area Council of Borno, killing scores of people.
Mohammed Yerima, the Director, Army Public Relations, in a statement on Monday, stated that the success was recorded on the 10th of April.
Yerima said the troops “engaged the terrorists with superior firepower both from the air and on the ground which compelled them to withdraw in disarray with several men and equipment casualty”.
He revealed that two gallant soldiers died while one officer and two other soldiers were wounded in the encounter, adding that the injured were currently recuperating at a military hospital in Maiduguri.
The media director also disclosed that forces of Sector I, OPLD on picketing duty along Ngwom-Mafa-Maiduguri road had on Sunday, killed seven members of the Boko Haram terrorist group and recovered four AK-47 rifles.
He said the terrorists were supposedly lying in wait to attack troops and innocent citizens plying the busy road.
According to him, “troops who have continued to dominate the areas with massive clearance patrols and ambushes sprang the surprise attack on the terrorists that have been menacing the peace and livelihood of the people in the area.”
“They, however, ran out of luck as they were instead trapped and neutralized in their web.
After the gun battle and successful neutralization of the terrorists, the troops continued their clearance patrol up to Maiduguri.
“Meanwhile, troops of OPLD will continue to maintain an aggressive posture to ensure the entire area is cleared of terrorist elements and their activities while maintaining high morale and fighting efficiency.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru has congratulated the gallant troops and urged them to maintain their high and satisfactory morale and fighting efficiency,” he added.