The Nigerian Army on Thursday said its troops of Sector 2 Joint Task Force North East Operation Hadin Kai repelled an attack by Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province insurgents on Babangida town in Yobe State on Wednesday.
The Army said the Boko Haram terrorists, who met with a fierce counterattack from the vigilant troops, were on a mission to infiltrate Babangida town and prowl for logistics replenishment.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu.
Nwachukwu said the terrorists were overpowered, leading to the capture of one gun truck, one Dushka Anti Aircraft Gun, two AK 47 rifles and unprimed Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) from the fleeing terrorists.
The statement reads, “Law-abiding people of Yobe State and North East in general, are assured of the Chief of Army Staff’s determination to finally rout the Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists from their hideouts.
“They are also encouraged to continue to avail troops with actionable information that would enhance the speedy execution of ongoing Counter Terrorism Counter Insurgency operations in the region.”
It added that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, commended the dotted troops for their vigilance and swiftness in countering the attack.
“He also encouraged them to remain focused and avoid any form of distraction from the terrorists, who are desperate to make face saving moves, having suffered enormous depletion in their ranks,” Nwachukwu said.
Naija News reports that as of the time of filing this report, further exploitation by the troops was still ongoing.