According to a Premium Times report, monitored by Naija News, the Army spokesperson, Brigadier General Sani Usman, has revealed that soldiers repelled and killed many suspected mercenary fighters of Boko Haram who launched two separate attacks on military locations around Borno State.
Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, said in a statement that the hired mercenaries killed by troops were those fighting on the side of the Mamman Nur faction of the Boko Haram.
On Tuesday, Brigadier Usman said the two attacks by the Boko Haram occurred on Monday.
“A group of suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ mercenaries of Mamman Nur extraction paid dearly with their lives when they dared to attack 81 Division Task Force Battalion’s location at Gulumba Gana in Bama LGA, Borno State”, he said.
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Though the spokesperson did not give the number of mercenaries killed in the first attack, his statement said three Boko Haram members and a soldier were killed during the second attack.
Providing details of the first attack, the official said “troops successfully dealt with the terrorists and pursued those that escaped and recovered 2 AK-47 Rifles and 2 magazines of 9 round of ammunition, 2 AGL bombs, several empty cases of Shilka gun ammunition, AGL bomb and 1 damaged mobile phone handset.”
On the second incident, the brigadier general said soldiers of the 3 Battalion located at Logomani, Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State “neutralised 3 Boko Haram, captured one alive and recovered 3 AK-47 rifles from Mamman Nur faction” when they attempted an attack on the soldiers’ location at night.”
“However, we lost a soldier during the pursuit,” he said.