Nigerian Army says its troops supported by the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) thwarted terrorist incursion into Damasak, the Headquarters of Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria on Saturday, April 10.
Damasak is near the Nigerian border with the Niger Republic, about 180 kilometres Northwest of Maiduguri.
Mohammed Yerima, a Brigadier General and Director of Army Public Relations revealed in a statement on Monday, April 12, that the troops engaged the terrorists with superior firepower both from the air and on the ground, which forced them to withdraw in disarray with several personnel and equipment casualties.
The pushback operation left two soldiers dead while one officer and two soldiers were injured, Yerima said.
He said those injured were receiving medical attention at a military hospital in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
HumAngle earlier reported that the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Saturday, breached the garrison town of Damasak.
It was also gathered that some humanitarian facilities and private properties in the town were set ablaze by ISWAP terrorists during the Saturday’s incursion.
Local sources said the insurgents who arrived in the town in gun trucks also carted away supplies and targeted the local police station.
Yerima further disclosed in the statement that the troops of Sector 1, OPLD on duty along Ngwom-Mafa road to Maiduguri also killed seven insurgents supposedly lying in wait to attack the troops and other innocent citizens plying the busy road.
“The troops who have continued to dominate their areas with massive clearance patrols and ambushes sprang the surprise attack on the terrorists that have been menacing the peace and livelihood of the people in the area,” he said.
“In the encounter, seven terrorists were neutralised while five AK-47 rifles were recovered along with several other items. The terrorists laid the ambush with the intent to harm NA troops and other innocent commuters.”
“They however ran out of luck as they were instead trapped and neutralised in their own web. After the duel and successful neutralization of the terrorists, the troops continued their clearance patrol up to Maiduguri.”
The Army spokesperson assured that the troops of OPLD would continue to maintain its stance to ensure the entire area is cleared of terrorist elements and their activities while maintaining high morale and fighting efficienc
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