No fewer than 10 Boko Haram terrorists were killed on Friday after the insurgents attempted to attack a town in Borno State.
Army spokesman, Sani Usman, in a statement said the attack took place in Kangarwa village of Kukawa local government of the State.
Usman stated that the troops had support from the Nigerian Air Force which promptly deployed Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planes.
He said that the attack lasted hours, from the evening of Friday to late night, as troops battled to repell the Boko Haram fighters until the airforce jet came to bolster the offensive by ground troops.
According to the army spokesman, “The resilient troops repelled the incursion and in the process killed 10 insurgents and wounded several others.
He stated that the troops recovered a lot of arms and ammunition from the insurgents, including “1 Pulemyot Kalashnkova Machine (PKM) Gun, with 67 rounds of ammunition, 1 AK-47 Riffle with 18 rounds of ammunition, 2 AK-Rifle top covers and 3 Dane Guns with 1 cartridge.”
“Others include, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube with 3 bombs, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade charger and smoke grenade, 1 Hand Held (HH) Motorola Radio an antenna, 1 copy of Holy Quran and Boko Haram terrorists flag,” Usman stated.
He added that “Unfortunately, three soldiers paid the supreme price in the course of the encounter, while 27 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries.”
“The bodies of the gallant soldiers and those injured have since been evacuated for treatment,” he added.
The attack is coming on the same day suicide bombers attacked Madagali in Adamawa State for the second time in 2017.
Recent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents seem to counter the claims by the military authorities that the terrorist group has been decimated and destroyed.
President Muhammadu Buhari had announced to the world on Christmas Eve 2016 that the army have overrun and captured the Sambisa forest, which is the stronghold of Boko Haram.
The Army subsequently declared victory over the terrorist group, with the Chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai announcing that the Sambisa would be converted into a training ground for the troops.
But a video surfaced on the internet a few days later, in which Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, said that the group was safe and would continue to fight.
He called President Buhari a liar, insisting they should stop lying to Nigerians.