- About 16 Boko Haram insurgents have been killed by the Nigerian Army in Monguno local government area of Borno
- Four civilians, one soldier sustained varying degrees of injury during the clearance operation
- The troops also recovered 163 Rounds of Anti Aircraft Gun Ammunition during the encounter
Nigerian Army say it neutralised 16 Boko Haram and recovered a weapons cache during its clearance operation in Mairari village in Monguno local government area of Borno state.
Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this in a statement released in Maiduguri.
Nwachukwu said that the troops also recovered two gun trucks abandoned by the insurgents during the encounter.
“The insurgents in three vehicles, including Gun trucks had infiltrated and attacked the community, when troops at the formation were alerted by locals .
“The troops supported by the Air Task Force swiftly responded to the attack killing 16 insurgents and capturing two trucks loaded with guns 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,” he said.
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.
“The FOB has been further reinforced with additional troops, while fighting patrols are on the trail of the insurgents who fled the attack.
He said that 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.
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In a previous report by NAIJ.com, Nigerian Army said it neutralised 23 Boko Haram insurgents and recovered weapons during its clearance operation in villages in the lake chad region.
Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, director, army public relations, who disclosed this in a statement in Maiduguri on Tuesday, June 12, said many terrorists escaped with gunshot injuries during the encounter with troops on Monday, June 11.
He stated that the operation was conducted by troops of 153 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with the support of its Cameroonian Defence Forces counterpart.