From Mustapha Isah Kwaru Maiduguri
Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Forward Operational Base (FOB) along Mairari in Monguno local government area,Borno state have neutralised 16 Boko Haram insurgents.
Spokesman of the Theater Command. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu disclosed this in a statement yesterday.
He said the incident occurred in an encounter that at about 6.50 pm on Friday 27 July 2018.
The statement said the insurgents in three vehicles, including gun trucks had infiltrated and attacked the community, when troops at the FOB were alerted by locals .
It added that the troops supported by the Air Task Force swiftly responded to the attack killing 16 insurgents and capturing 2 Gun trucks abandoned by the insurgents, as they tried escaping , having been overwhelmed by the superior fire power from the troops.
“The gallant troops also recovered 163 Rounds of Anti Aircraft Gun Ammunition during the fierce encounter.
During the fire fight, 4 civilians and a soldier unfortunately, sustained varying degrees of injury and have been promptly evacuated to a Military Hospital, where they currently receiving medical attention”, the statement said.
“The FOB has been further reinforced with additional troops, while fighting patrols are on the trail of the insurgents who fled the attack. Normalcy has been restored and the people of Mongonu Local Government Area are enjoined to remain vigilant and report any suspicious person(s) or activities as they go about their normal business”, it further added.