Over 100 ter­ror­ists, 7 sol­diers killed in Yobe clash

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Nige­rian army yesterday said over 100 Boko Haram ter­ror­ists were killed in an at­tempt to in­vade a mil­i­tary base in Goniri, Yobe State.

Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Us­man, said the in­sur­gents made a fu­tile at­tempt on the 120 Task Force Bat­tal­ion troops lo­cated at Goniri.

He said the at­tack was car­ried out by flee­ing ter­ror­ists “in a great sign of des­per­a­tion and to cre­ate an im­pres­sion that they re­main rel­e­vant.”

He added that dur­ing the en­counter troops suc­cess­fully re­pelled the at­tack and in­flicted heavy ca­su­alty on the in­vad­ing ter­ror­ists as all of them were killed.

“On the last count over 100 ter­ror­ists bod­ies were seen. Un­for­tu­nately how­ever, seven of our gallant sol­diers paid the supreme price while de­fend­ing our father­land, while one of­fi­cer and 8 sol­diers were wounded in ac­tion,” Colonel Us­man stated.

He said the troops re­cov­ered a size­able num­ber of arms, am­mu­ni­tions and other equip­ment from the ter­ror­ists.

These he said in­cluded 1 Gen­eral Pur­pose Ma­chine Gun, 2 Rocket Pro­pelled Grenades, 9 AK-47 ri­fles and Belted rounds of 7.62 (NATO) am­mu­ni­tions.

Oth­ers were var­i­ous wires used for Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vices (IEDs), 7 Primed IEDs, dif­fer­ent types of Span­ners and a Torch Light.

He said troops had con­sol­i­dated on the en­counter and were more de­ter­mined to de­fend their lo­ca­tion and con­tin­ued to serve as block­ing force to any flee­ing ter­ror­ists from the Nige­rian Air Force aerial bom­bard­ments and ar­tillery fire.

He also said troops of 21 Brigade on fight­ing pa­trol from Bama to Ngurosoye, de­stroyed Boko Haram ter­ror­ists camps along the axis.

Us­man added that while on pa­trol, the sol­diers came across some ter­ror­ists’ hide­outs that also served as fab­ri­cat­ing area for IEDs and ter­ror­ists’ train­ing area.

He said another pa­trol team along Bama-Kawuri axis dis­cov­ered and ex­humed IEDs and wires for det­o­na­tion.

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