The alertness of the Nigeria military has enabled it to ward off an attempted attack by the remnants of Boko Hara sect in their location in Borno State.
Troops on ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ have successfully repelled the thwarted attack targeted at personnel of the Nigerian Army stationed at Darul Jamel, on the fringes of the Sambisa forest in northern part of Borno State in northeast Nigeria.
According to the military, the terrorists attempted to storm the troops’ location at about 10:00pm on Monday, but paid dearly, as the troops killed several of them, including two senior commanders that led the attack.
The troops recovered one Light Machine Gun (LMG) with Registration number 56M-1101229, an AK-47 rifle magazine, Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bomb and a top cover of an AK-47 rifle.
Other items recovered were 395 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and 15 rounds of 5.5mm by 45 ammunition.
Prior to the attack, the troops of the same unit, who were on routine patrol, had cleared an ambush staged by suspected remnants of the terrorist group desperate for food near Banki Junction.
The army believes that the attack and ambush might not be unconnected to the fact that the terrorists were desperately targeting over 890 rescued herdsmen with their 5,000 livestock, who were earlier held captives by the insurgents along the Nigerian borders with Cameroon.
The troops’ success was contained in a statement on Tuesday by a spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman.