BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI
Military Authorities said that Combined Special Forces troops of the Nigerian Army, Navy and the Air Force operating under the auspices of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the ongoing counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in northern Borno have inflicted devastating man and equipment casualty on Boko Haram terrorists in a fresh encounter with the dissidents in the late hours of Saturday 19 January 2018.
The encounter led to the killing of five insurgents, while several others escaped with gunshot wounds.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu on Sunday.
He said: “The terrorists, armed with two Gun trucks, a vehicle laden with Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and a suicide bomber met their waterloo while frantically fighting to break into the formidable defensive position of the troops.
“The gallant troops responded swiftly in a fierce counter offensive, unleashing superior and overwhelming firepower on the terrorists and neutralizied five of them, including a driver and a gunner firing from a gun truck, a suicide bomber in a vehicle loaded with IED and two other terrorists.
“In the ferocious counter attack, the valiant troops destroyed one Gun truck and one IED – Carrying vehicle. The troops also recovered one Anti-Aircraft Gun and three AK 47 Rifles belonging to the terrorists. The troops are relentless and in high morale as they continue in hot pursuit of some of the terrorists who fled the scene of the encounter when they were overpowered by the troops.”
It will be recalled, that only recently, the troops resolutely dealt a deadly blow on the terrorists in a battle in which the terrorists attempted to contest the control over Baga town with the Special Forces troops.