Troops of the Nigerian Army on Tuesday, July 7, overcame an ambush by Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists.
The troops were said to have run into the ambush along Damboa -Maiduguri Road in Borno State while on a clearance operation.
According to the information made available by the Defence Headquarters, the gallant troops engaged the terrorists in a gun battle which resulted in the death of two soldiers and 17 insurgents.
A cache of arms and ammunition were equally captured by the gallant troops.
“In continuation of their sustained onslaught against remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West African Province criminals and their collaborators, the gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE under the subsidiary operation, Operation KANTANA JIMLAN have again displayed their combat superiority against the terrorists as part of their heightened offensive operations across the Theatre,” the army statement reads.
“Relatedly, on Tuesday 7 July, 2020, the troops of 25 Task Force Brigade deployed at Damboa in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Special Forces while on clearance operations along Damboa -Maiduguri Road, made contact with a Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals’ ambush team along their axis of advance.”
“Instinctively, the valiant troops outflanked and engaged the criminals with overwhelming volume of firepower forcing them to withdraw in disarray.”
“In the aftermath of the encounter, 17 Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals were neutralized as several others were believed to have narrowly escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds while a cache of arms and ammunition were equally captured by the gallant troops.”
Other soldiers who were wounded in action during the incident, have been evacuated to a military hospital where they are responding well to treatment.
Special Forces have also been deployed to the area to completely wipe out the terrorists and ensure they have no means of escape.
“Regrettably, 2 valiant soldiers paid the supreme price while 4 others were wounded in action. However, the wounded in action soldiers have been evacuated to a military medical facility and currently responding positively to treatment.”
“Meanwhile, the Theatre Commander Ops LAFIYA DOLE has been directed to immediately deploy a Special Forces Battalion to reinforce and dominate Damboa – Bulabulin -Maiduguri axis to completely deny the terrorists any chance of escape during the final assault against the criminals.”