Election Day Attack: Soldiers Kill 60 Terrorists In Borno
An attempted attack by the Islamic State West Africa Province on the Mafa Local Government Area collation centre in Borno State has been foiled by the military.
The attack could have been a major governorship and state assembly election day tragedy.
Reports had it that the terrorists attempted to infiltrate the army base serving as a collation centre for the March 18 elections.
Sources that spoke with Punch revealed that troops swiftly mobilised and confronted the terrorists, instantly killing 60 of them in a fierce duel.
Military sources in Maiduguri said the terrorists stormed Mafa Town in gun trucks and motorcycles around 2 am and headed towards the military base where the collation of votes for the LGA was ongoing.
Troops of Operation Hadin Kai launched a counter-attack operation which was supported by Air Force fighter jets deployed for aerial bombardment on the fleeing terrorists, killing a large number while some of them fled with fatal wounds.
Operation Hadin Kai Theater Command sources confirmed that apart from the 60 corpses of the terrorists, troops recovered a Hilux vehicle, several weapons and ammunition from the fleeing terrorists.