2 soldiers die as troops kill 16 terrorists in Borno -

Nigerian Army on Fri­day evening lost two soldiers in operations to repel attacks from Boko Haram terrorists who at­tacked troops’ location at Rann, Kala Balge Local Gov­ernment Area of Borno State.

The terrorists came with Motorcycles Borne Impro­vised Explosive Devices (MC­BIED), Anti-Aircraft Guns and other weapons at about 5.00pm and the exchange of fire lasted for some hours be­fore they were overwhelmed by the troops firepower.

Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said yesterday that unfortunately, one of the terrorists’ suicide bombers detonated himself at an army gun truck, killing the driver and the gunner.

“The truck and the mount­ed weapon were also dam­aged beyond repairs. In ad­dition, two soldiers were wounded in action while three others sustained minor injuries.

“The troops killed seven of the attackers instantly while quite a number escaped with gun shot wounds.

“During clearance opera­tions this morning, the troops discovered 9 more Boko Ha­ram terrorists dead bodies in the surrounding areas. There­fore the total number of ter­rorists killed was 16”, Usman stated.

The troops also recovered a General Purpose Machine Gun, Rocket Propelled Gre­nade, ammunitions and cap­tured 2 of the terrorists alive.

Usman also disclosed that the bodies of the two deceased soldiers and the wounded in action soldiers were evacuated to Maiduguri, while reinforcement was sent from Gomboru Ngala.

Meanwhile, the troops also safely detonated two Im­provised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted along Gom­boru-Rann road.

It is believed that the IEDs were planted yesterday to pre­vent troops reinforcement to Rann while the attack lasted.

The Commanding Officer of 3 Battalion has visited the troops and held durbar with them, said the army spokes­man.

The Commanding Officer commended the troops for their doggedness during at­tack and also urged them not to lower their guard.

Despite the incident, troops morale remains very high and they have continued with their clearance opera­tions, Usman added.

The Authority

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