The Nigerian Army said gallant troops on Wednesday foiled an attempt by Boko Haram Terrorists to wreak havoc at the Internally Displaced Persons camp located at Dikwa, Borno State.
However, a soldier paid the supreme sacrifice in the process of foiling the attempted attack.
A statement by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said the terrorists, while fleeing from the defense put up by the troops, ran into the hands of the Armed Forces Special Forces, who had already mounted blocking positions.
The army spokesman said the terrorists were decisively dealt with by the Special Forces, who succeeded in killing many of them and recovering a vehicle, arms and ammunition.
Usman, a colonel, added that a member of the Civilian JTF was seriously injured and a military vehicle damaged by a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) suicide bomber.
The statement said “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”.
Items recovered from the terrorists included 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, 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”, it added.
Col. Usman noted with encouragement that in spite of the loss of a colleague and a vigilante, the troops maintained dominating presence in the general area and are more than ever before committed to ridding the area of remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists.