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Nigerian troops neutralise 16 Boko Haram terrorists in Borno

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Recover gun trucks, cache of ammunition

Jude Johnson 

The Nigerian troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Forward Operational Base (FOB) along Mairari  in Monguno have neutralised 16 Boko Haram insurgents in part Borno State, North East Nigeria.

The Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Sunday, said  the terrorists were killed  in an encounter that occurred at about 6.50 pm on Friday 27 July 2018, in Mairari,  a village located in Monguno Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Nwachukwu said the insurgents in three vehicles, including gun trucks had infiltrated and attacked the community, when troops at the FOB were alerted by locals .

He stated that “the troops supported by the Air Task Force swiftly responded to the attack killing 16 insurgents and capturing two Gun trucks abandoned by the insurgents, as they tried escaping , having been overwhelmed by the superior fire power from the troops.The gallant troops also recovered 163 Rounds of Anti Aircraft Gun Ammunition during the fierce encounter.”

During the fire fight,  he said, four civilians and a soldier unfortunately, sustained varying degrees of injury and have been promptly evacuated to a Military Hospital, where they currently receiving medical attention.

Nwachukwu said the FOB has been further reinforced with additional troops, while  fighting patrols are on the trail of the insurgents who fled the attack.

According to him, normalcy has been restored and the people of Mongonu Local Government Area are enjoined to remain vigilant and report any suspicious person(s) or activities as they go about their normal business.

Army repels another Boko Haram attack

In the same vein, the troops of 22 Brigade  deployed in operation Lafiya Dole on Friday  successfully repelled Boko Haram terrorists attack on Dikwa, Borno State.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Texas Chukwu, on Saturday said the terrorists  attempted to infiltrate into Dikwa  through the Eastern flank of the town but  were intercepted by the troops on duty.

Chukwu said some of the Boko Haram terrorists escape with gun shot wounds following a superior fire power of the troops during the encounter.

He said that effort is being intensified by the troops to get other fleeing members of terrorists group.

According to him,  no casualty was recorded by the  troops during the encounter.

Confirming the incident,  Chukwu said the Commander 22 Brigade Brigadier General John Ochai assured the residents of their safety.

He  advised every law abiding citizens to go about their businesses as the Nigerian Army is on top of the situation.

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