63 Boko Haram Members Die In Borno Battles
The Nigerian Army says troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) killed at least 63 Boko Haram members along the Kamadougou River, between Niger Republic and Nigeria.
It was the outcome of the continuation of Operation Yancin Tafki which was launched last month.
According to the Army, troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force, comprising Air and Land Components from Chad, Cameroon, Niger Republic and Nigeria carried out the attack.
In a statement, which the Nigerian Army posted on its Facebook Page and issued by the spokesman for the MNJTF in N'Djamena, Chad, Colonel Timothy Antigha, the Army said it was the second devastating blow coming to the terrorists group in 10 days.
"Last night, Boko Haram Terrorists operating along the Kamadougou River, between Niger and Nigeria, attacked troops location in Gueskerou, about 30 kilometers from Diffa in Niger Republic.
"However, troops showed valour and gallantry by fiercely defending their location and killing 27 terrorists, destroying 6 Gun Trucks and capturing several equipment, arms and ammunition.
"A few terrorists who escaped the fire fight were observed running towards Gashigar in Nigerian territory and were being pursued as at the time of issuing this Press Release," the statement read.
Also, the Army said that between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, MNJTF troops also confronted Boko Haram Terrorists around Abadam, in the general area of Mallam Fatori.
The Army released a summary of human and equipment casualty suffered by Boko Haram during the engagement.
It said 23 members of the terrorists group were killed in that attack while 20 AK 47 rifles were recovered.
Others are 5 AA gun, 12 AK-47 rifles, 1,000 7.62 MM AMMO, 500 12.7MM AMMO, 5 motorcycles, 1 motorcycle destroyed, 3 gun trucks, 3 general purpose machine guns and 3 hand grenades.
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The troops also captured one Boko Haram terrorist and destroyed 4 gun trucks.
About 10 days ago, MNJTF troops also struck Boko Haram Terrorists in Dorou in Niger Republic, neutralising many of them in the process.
The MNJTF says it will intensify subsidiary operations such as raids, ambushes and fighting patrols among others until the last stronghold of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin is neutralised.
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