Three Soldiers have lost their lives in a battle with members of the Boko Haram sect who attacked Troops of 25 Task Force Brigades (Army Super Camp 2) located in Damboa LGA of Borno State.
According to a statement from Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator on Thursday said 5 AK 47 Rifles, one General Purpose Machine Gun and one Rocket Propelled Gun tube with at least19 insurgents killed.
“The encounter which lasted over an hour witnessed one of the most debilitating defeats of the Boko Haram criminals in a single encounter since the turn of the year.
“So far, 19 Boko Haram criminals’ corpses have been recovered while many more were observed escaping with various degrees of gunshot wounds by the troops who are on vigorous exploitation of their initial success along the criminals’ withdrawal route.”
” Interestingly, the gallant troops captured from the Boko Haram criminals 5 AK 47 Rifles, one General Purpose Machine Gun and one Rocket Propelled Gun tube. Regrettably, 3 valiant soldiers paid the supreme prize while 4 others were wounded in action.”
“However, the wounded in action soldiers have been evacuated to a military medical facility for immediate and effective management.
“To this end, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, hereby congratulates the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE for their decisive victory against the enemies of our country.”
“He further urges them to remain steadfast, loyal and resolute in the discharge of their professional responsibilities.”
“He also reassures the residents of Damboa and indeed the North East at large of the unflinching resolve of troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in protecting the lives and properties of all law – abiding citizens.” the statement said.