(PHOTOS) Boko Haram Loses Militants In Another Battle For Baga
There has been another battle for Baga, a community in Borno State. Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and several militants were killed.
It occurred on Saturday, January 19, as the jihadist continue to push for the establishment of an Islamic State in the northeast.
It is an insurgency that has happened for more than nine years.
The Nigerian Army says Combined Special Forces of the Nigerian Army, Navy and the Air Force carried out the onslaught against the terrorists.
A statement by the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the northeast inflicted devastating man and equipment casualty on Boko Haram terrorists in a fresh encounter.
"The terrorists, armed with two gun trucks, a vehicle laden with Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and a suicide bomber met their water loo while frantically fighting to break into the formidable defensive position of the troops.
"The gallant troops responded swiftly in a fierce counter-offensive, unleashing superior and overwhelming firepower on the terrorists and neutralisied five of them, including a driver and a gunner firing from a gun truck, a suicide bomber in a vehicle loaded with IED and two other terrorists.
"In the ferocious counter attack, the valiant troops destroyed one Gun truck and one IED - Carrying vehicle. The troops also recovered one Anti Aircraft Gun and three AK 47 Rifles belonging to the terrorists," the statement read.
The Nigerian Army said troops were relentless and in high morale, as they continue in hot pursuit of some of the terrorists who fled the scene of the encounter.
Recently, the special forces troops battled the terrorists believed to be members of a Boko Haram splinter group, the Islamic State of West Africa province (ISWAP) in an attempt to take over Baga.
That battle led to reported deaths of several troops, even though the armed forces said only a naval officer was killed.
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