Nigerian troops lost three soldiers and killed ten terrorists in a fierce battle with Boko Haram terrorists on the shores of Lake Chad in Borno State, a statement by the Nigerian Army says.
According to Brigadier General Sani Usman, who made this known in an e-mailed statement to The Trent, ten terrorists were killed in the battle which involved troops of 119 Battalion and 133 Special Forces Battalion of 7 Brigade and took place on Friday, January 13, 2017.
“The futile attack which was launched by the terrorists group from the shores of the Lake Chad in the evening and lasted till later in the night,” Usman said in a statement.
“Elements of 119 Battalion and 133 Special Forces Battalion of 7 Brigade, Nigerian Army, on Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed at Kangarwa, Kukawa Local Government Area, Borno State, with the assistance of the Nigerian Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance planes dealt a decisive below on Boko Haram terrorists that dared attack on their location on Friday.
“The resilient troops repelled the incursion and in the process killed 10 insurgents and wounded several others.
|They recovered, 1 Pulemyot Kalashnkova Machine (PKM) Gun, with 67 rounds of ammunition, 1 AK-47 Riffle with 18 rounds of ammunition, 2 AK-Rifle top covers and 3 Dane Guns with 1 cartridge.
“Others include, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube with 3 bombs, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade charger and smoke grenade, 1 Hand Held (HH) Motorola Radio an antenna, 1 copy of Holy Quran and Boko Haram terrorists flag.
“Unfortunately, 3 soldiers paid the supreme price in the course of the encounter, while 27 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries. The bodies of the gallant soldiers and those injured have since been evacuated for treatment.
“The troops have continued to trailed those terrorists that escaped with gunshot wounds. They have also intensified vigilance and high level of alertness and making concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists in various nooks and crannies,” the statement ended.
Late December 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari declared victory over the Islamist terrorist group after Nigerian troops announced that they have recaptured Camp Zero in Sambisa forest, the base of the deadliest terrorist group in the world.
The Nigerian Army later presented the president with the flag belonging to the terrorist group in a “mission accomplished” ceremony.
Since the declaration a week ahead of Christmas Day 2016, Boko Haram has launched a number of deadly attacks in the North Eastern region of the country where the terrorists have murdered at least 50,000 since they began their campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate in the country.