The Nigerian army, on Thursday, said that troops in Borno State have foiled an attempt by Boko Haram terrorist to attack Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Dikwa local government area of the state.
A statement by the army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman revealed that that security forces “decisively dealt with the terrorists”, killing 26 of the Islamist fighters and seizing weapons and ammunition.
Usman said that the plans of the insurgents was unveiled following a dislodgement from their (Boko Haram’s) camps in the border towns of Kumshe and Talala by joint operations of Nigerian and Cameroonian forces.
The army spokesman said “Unfortunately, we lost a soldier and a member of the local vigilante (Civilian JTF) during the encounter, while 3 soldiers and 4 Internally Displaced Persons sustained injuries. A military vehicle was damaged by a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) suicide bomber.
“The troops recovered 26 bodies of the Boko Haram terrorists, while others escaped with gunshot wounds, destroyed 3 VIED, 1 MBIED and 2 Gun trucks.
The gallant troops recovered 1 Gun truck mounted with an Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 Dushka Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 Browning Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Tube. Others include 1 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), 4 AK 47 Rifles, 3 RPG Bombs, 36 Hand Grenades, 1 Smoke Grenade and 8 AK-47 rifles magazines.
“The troops also recovered 236 rounds of 12.7mm ammunitions, 396 rounds of 7.62mm ammunitions and 101 rounds of 762mm (Special), ammunitions.
“The casualties have seen been evacuated while the troops have been pursuing those terrorists that escaped with gunshot wounds,” he said.