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Two soldiers, Boko Haram members die during clashes in Borno

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Atleast two soldiers and dozens of Boko Haram (BH) and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists were said to have died during fresh clashes in Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State.

The two soldiers were among the troops of Joint Task Force, North East (NE), Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) that engaged the terrorists at Forward Operating Base, Gajiram axis of the state.

Aside from the deceased, the military has so far recovered 10 AK 47 riffles, one Anti Aircraft Gun, one Shilka barrel, one 60mm Mortar tube and 61 rounds of PKT riffle ammunition amongst others from the insurgents.
The Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed the clashes through a statement made available to newsmen on Monday.
Nwachukwu disclosed that after the terrorists discovered they could not over power the troops and their members have sustained gunshot wounds, they retreated through a route which the military officers have started exploiting.
The Army spokesperson added that the troops have discovered several charred remains of the fleeing terrorists on the route and recovered their ammunition.
The statement reads: “Land and Air Components troops of Joint Task Force, North East (NE), Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) have annihilated several Boko Haram (BH) and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in an encounter at Forward Operating Base, Gajiram Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State, today 28 November 2021.
“The vigilant troops of Sector 3 Operation HADIN KAI supported by the Nigerian Air Force component, brought devastating volume of fire on the terrorists, while attempting to infiltrate the Forward Operating Base using Gun trucks and several other weapons. The terrorists, having suffered several human and equipment casualties as at the time of this report, retreated in disarray.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has urged the troops to aggressively maintain the momentum of the pursuit, until the remnants of the fleeing terrorists are destroyed”.

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