•Buratai supervises operations
•Army debunks reported fall of Damasak
The Nigerian troops in a renewed offensive in parts of the North East have killed over 50 Boko Haram terrorists that earlier attacked military positions in Damasak, sources revealed to Global Sentinel.
Sources close to the theatre of operations, disclosed that the terrorists suffered heavy casualties on Wednesday when the troops under the directive of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, launched counter-offensive operations killing 50 of them.
The military have also embarked on confidence building patrol of the contested town to assure the residents of their safety following the heavy fighting that lasted for over five hours.
“The Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) suffered from their misadventure into Damasak yesterday, September 12, 2018. They met their Waterloo when our gallant troops under the direction of the COAS engaged the hoodlums, over -ran them and killed about 50 after a heavy shoot that lasted about five hours. Some of them ran for their lives with severe gunshot wounds.
“Pictures of some of the dead terrorist and recovered vehicles and weapons are below. To assure the inhabitants of Damasak of their safety and security the indefatigable COAS today directed the Commanding Officer 145 Bn Lt-Col. James Nkereuwem to carry out confidence building patrol inside Damasak township to reassure the inhabitants of their safety.”
“The patrol made a stop at the palace of the village head and also went to the market square where He advised them to report any suspicious persons or movement,” military sources said.
This was also confirmed by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Texas Chukwu, who in a statement on Thursday, said the terrorists attempted to attack the military formation at 6 pm Wednesday night but were outsmarted by the gallant troops.
Chukwu had in a terse statement, Wednesday night alerted the public of an ongoing fierce fight between the Nigerian troops and the terrorists at Damasak.
This followed the exclusive report by Global Sentinel that Buratai , has relocated his operational base to the Northeast in order to halt the resurgence of Boko Haram in response to the setback at Gudumbali town.
But the DAPR said the troops engaged and subdued the terrorists following a superior firepower of troops in Damasak.
“The troops aggressive posture, tactics and marksmanship resulted in neutralising many Boko Haram terrorists, ” he said.
Photo highlights of the battle of Damasak:
Chukwu also denied a media report claiming that Damasak was taken over by terrorists.
He said: “Nigerian Army wishes to state categorically that the claim is not only untrue but capable of misleading members of the general public and the world at large.
“The Nigerian Army earlier released a statement that troops of 145 Battalion in Damasak, Borno State, are engaging Boko Haram terrorists who came to attack their location at about 6 p.m on 12 September 2018.
“The statement also stated that fierce battle is ongoing right now and the troops are dealing with the terrorists.
“Consequently, the Nigerian Army wishes to state that the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the North Eastern parts of the country is yielding positive result.
“The Nigerian Army, therefore, advised members of the public, particularly residents of the affected areas, to go about their legitimate businesses and disregard the said report.
“The Nigerian Army will continue to protect lives and property of citizens at all times.
“The Nigerian Army also call on the media to always exercise caution, verify facts as well as balance their reports before rushing to the press to avoid misinforming the public on sensitive issues,” Chukwu advised.