BY CHUKWUMA NNAM
The Nigerian Army on Wednesday hailed when its troops of Operation Hadin Kai overpowered the ISWAP terrorists that attempted infiltration of Dikwa town in Borno State.
He said: “The terrorist elements mounted on five gun trucks, some on motorcycles and other foot soldiers tried to infiltrate the town through Gajibo axis but were met with superior firepower by troops in conjunction with air bombardment by Air Task Force.
“The marauding terrorists were thoroughly vanquished forcing them to withdraw in a high state of confusion abandoning their truck, guns and ammunition.
“During the encounter, 6 members of the terrorist groups were neutralized, several others were severely injured while the survivors withdrew in total disarray leaving behind their dead colleagues.
“Items recovered during the encounter include 1 Gun Truck, 8 Ak 47 rifles, 40 rounds of 7.62mm Special, 39 special ammo, 3 motorcycles and 6 magazines.
“To mop up the area, troops conducted exploitation in the early hours of today in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force and Hunters along the terrorist withdrawal routes and recovered 90 rounds of 7.62 mm x 54 on links belonging to the fleeing terrorists.
“Sadly, however, 3 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries but are in stable condition as they are receiving treatment at the field Ambulance in Dikwa.
“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya has extended his commendation to the gallant troops over the feat and charge them to remain resolute and steadfast. He added that the tempo must be maintained to ensure total obliteration of terrorist groups within the North East region.”