Troops of the Nigerian Army on Tuesday inflicted heavy casualty on Boko Haram terrorists who attempted to attack Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Naija News reports that the terrorists attempted to invade the town by advancing from Aldawari axis on the outskirts of Maiduguri but met stiff resistance from security operatives.
The security operatives comprising gallant troops, the Nigerian Police, Youth Vigilante, and hunters gave the terrorists a hot pursuit resulting in the killing of nine of them while others sustained gunshot injuries.
Confirming the attack in a statement on Wednesday, the Army spokesperson, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima disclosed that apart from repelling the attack, troops also recovered many dangerous weapons from the insurgents.
The statement reads: “Troops of Operation HADIN KAI on Tuesday, 11 May, 2021, foiled attempts by Boko Haram terrorists to attack the outskirt of Maiduguri, Borno State.”
“The terrorists who tried to advance from Aldawari axis attempted to attack soft targets along Jiddari Polo, were countered by combined gallant troops in conjuction with the Nigerian Police, Youth Vigilante and hunters leading to terrorists withdrawal in disarray.”
“Following a hot pursuit by troops, heavy casualty was inflicted on the terrorists as nine of them were neutralized while many escaped with gunshot wounds.”
“One Buffalo Gun Truck, three motorcycles, three Browning Machine Guns, a Rocket Propelled Gun and four AK 47 rifles were recovered from the terrorists.”
“Other items recovered include one Improvised Explosive Device, sixteen 12V batteries among other items.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru has commended the gallantry of troops and urged them to keep up the tempo of the operation.”
“Members of the public are requested to remain calm and are assured of security during the festive period and beyond.”
In other news, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday charged Nigerians to pray against kidnapping, banditry, and blackmail, which has been the major challenge affecting the progress of the country.
Buhari made this called in his Eid-il-Fitr message released through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
The statement was titled ‘On the occasion of Eid, President Buhari calls for unity and solidarity.
Source: Naija News