The Nigerian troops have reportedly killed over 30 Boko Haram terrorists in a counter-offense operation in parts of Borno State, North East Nigeria.
Eyewitnesses said that said the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on Tuesday night in collaboration with local hunters repelled an attack in Dille village, Askira/Uba Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno state.
The latest move is seen as a response by the security agencies to crush the terrorists who invaded the same LGA three days earlier killing many people and razed down houses.
The military authorities are yet to confirm and comment on the operations.
But one of the resident who spoke to a journalist, claimed the the incident occurred around 8pm when the gunmen, armed with assault rifles and explosives sneaked into the area to attack the villagers.
According to the source, the attack started when the local hunters and vigilante sighted the terrorists regrouping on the outskirts of the village.
Security source said the troops stormed the town through Lassa-Askira road but were intercepted by gallant military troops, mobile policemen, hunters and local vigilante.
This, according to him, led to an intense gun-duel which lasted for an hour, before the militants were subdued, with 30 of them killed.
The source further disclosed that the terrorists have tactically attempted to enter Dille in convoy of Hilux vehicles and motorcycles wearing military uniform armed with sophisticated weapons and Improved Explosive Devices (IEDs).
“They were however repelled, with many of them killed, while several others escaped to the nearby hills and abandoned their vehicles”, source said.