…says scores of terrorist suspects neutralised
The Nigerian Army has announced the killing of two officers, and five soldiers during a fierce encounter between its troops, and suspected Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in Kala Balge town in Borno State.
It, however, noted that scores of the enemies of state were neutralised during the battle.
The Director Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, made the disclosures in a statement, Saturday.
“Troops of Sector 1 Joint Task Force (JTF) North East (NE), Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) have neutralized scores of Boko Haram (BH) and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists who infiltrated Kala Balge town mounted on gun trucks and motorcycles on Friday,” the DAPR said.
According to him: “The insurgents attacked troops deployed at the Forward Operational Base (FOB) Rann, a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon.
“Troops gallantly engaged the maurading terrorists with superior firepower, forcing them to abandon their mission and withdrew in disarray.
“In the fierce battle for Kala Balge, troops defended the town and neutralized 26 BH/ISWAP terrorists.
“The gallant troops also captured terrorists’ combat vehicles, 18 AK 47 rifles and one M-21 rifle with a large quantity of ammunition. Several other equipment were also destroyed by troops.
“Regrettably, two officers and five soldiers paid the supreme price, while three personnel who sustained gun shot wounds are currently receiving medical attention.”