Troops foil Boko Haram/ISWAP attack on Damboa town

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Army confirms death of 2 officers, 5 soldiers in battle with Boko Haram

By Sumaila Ogbaje

The Nigerian Army said Troops of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) have foiled an attack by the Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists on Damboa town in Borno.

This was disclosed in a statement on Monday by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu in Abuja.

Nwachukwu said the troops of the 25 Task Force Brigade successfully quelled a Sunday dawn attack attempt on the town by terrorists.

He said the criminals made a futile effort to infiltrate the town but were met with heavy fire from the vigilant troops.

Nwachukwu said the terrorists attempted to infiltrate the town with unconfirmed numbers of foot soldiers and some mounted on motorcycles.

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He added that the terrorists suffered debilitating gunshot wounds from troops’ fire, forcing them to beat a retreat in disarray.

The Army spokesperson said the troops were currently on the trail of the fleeing terrorists.

He disclosed that two vehicles belonging to the Civilian Joint Task Force were razed by fire in the exchange of fire that ensued.

“They are also encouraged not to allow any form of distraction from the marauding terrorists, whose ranks have suffered enormous depletion in manpower as a result of ongoing air and artillery bombardments.

“Law-abiding people of North-East Nigeria are assured of the Chief of Army Staff’s determination to finally rout the Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals from their hideouts.

“The good people of the North East are also encouraged to continue to avail the troops with actionable information that will enhance the execution of the ongoing Counter Terrorism Counter Insurgency operations in the region,” Nwachukwu said.