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Troops attack insurgents convoy, neutralise 20 in Borno

By Idowu Abdullahi,

The Nigerian Army has disclosed that its troops neutralised no fewer than twenty Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province, (ISWAP) terrorists at the north west of Baga town in Borno State.

It explained that the assault was carried out by the combined team of the troops of 130 Battalion with the support of the Army Super Camp, Baga, Borno State in the north eastern part of the country.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said the troops recorded the success in a decisive offensive operation when the armed terrorists were heading to attack villages surrounding Baga town, and attacked their convoy.

Enenche, through a statement released to newsmen on Monday, revealed that the neutralised terrorists were armed with mortars, rocket propelled grenades and small arms, adding that the troops recovered six AK 47 Rifles, 520 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and five 36 hand grenades from the terrorists.

The Army spokesperson, however, revealed that nine soldiers were reportedly wounded in the operation, and are currently receiving adequate treatment.

“The criminals armed with mortars, rocket propelled grenades and small arms were heading to attack villages surrounding Baga, when the troops attacked their convoy with overwhelming fire power killing 20 BHT/ISWAP criminals,  captured six AK 47 Rifles, 520 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and five 36 hand grenades.

“However, nine of our gallant soldiers were wounded in action with no loss of life. They were  evacuated to Sector 3 hospital for treatment.

“The Chief of Army Staff commends the gallant troops for their professionalism and directs them to remain resolute towards eradicating the criminals from the North East,” the statement read.

 

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