The Nigerian military on Friday, August 21, 2015 announced that it had repossessed Gudumbali town in Guzamala local government area of Borno State from Boko Haram insurgents.
According to a statement issued in Abuja by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, the operation was carried out by troops of 7 Brigade.
The statement read in parts: “During the operation, quite a number of the terrorists were killed their weapons and equipment were destroyed.
“The troops are currently doing clearance operations in the general area.
“It should be recalled that the Nigerian Air Force has inflicted heavy damage on the terrorists camps within the general area last Monday.
“In a related development, troops of 5 Brigade Explosive Ordinance Devices (EOD) Unit while advancing towards Dikwa, ran into landmines buried by the terrorists.
“Unfortunately, two soldiers lost their lives, while two others were critically injured. The bodies of the two gallant soldiers have been evacuated, to the rear, while the other two wounded soldiers have also been evacuated and are receiving treatment at the military hospital.
“The unit also lost a Mowag Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) due to the buried landmine between old Marte and Kerenoa junction in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.
“Despite this sad event, the troops are not deterred as they continued their advance and pursuing the terrorists to their enclaves in Sambisa forest.
“Similarly, it is important to note that troops in the various formations and units in Operation LAFIYA DOLE are in high spirit and more determined to destroy the terrorists camps and enclaves.”