Troops on Operation Lafiya Dole stationed at Darul Jamel, on the fringes of Sambisa Forest in northern parts of Borno State, have repelled an attempted attack on their location by Boko Haram terrorists.
The Nigerian Army, in a statement by its spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said the terrorists made the attempt at the troops’ location at about 10.00pm on Tuesday.
The statement said the troops killed several of terrorists including two senior commanders that led the attack.
According to Col. Usman, the troops recovered 1 Light Machine Gun (LMG) with Registration number 56M-1101229, 1 AK-47 Rifle Magazine, Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Bomb and 1 top cover of an AK-47 Rifle.
Other items recovered include 395 Rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and 15 rounds of 5.5mm by .45 ammunition.
The Army spokesman noted that prior to the attack, troops of the same unit on routine patrol had earlier cleared an ambush staged by elements of the suspected remnants of the terrorists desperate for food near Banki Junction.
“It is equally believed that the attack and ambush might not be unconnected to the fact that the terrorists were desperately targeting over 890 rescued herdsmen with their 5000 livestock being held captives by terrorists along Nigerian borders with Cameroon”, he concluded.