The Nigerian troops on Saturday killed no fewer than five members of Boko Haram terrorists group as they foiled a fresh attempt to take over Baga, Borno State.
During the encounter, equipment casualties were also recorded on the part of the terrorists group.
According to the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the terrorists, armed with two gun trucks, a vehicle laden with Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and a suicide bomber met their waterloo while frantically fighting to break into the defensive position of the troops.
The troops, he disclosed, responded swiftly in a fierce counter offensive, unleashing superior and overwhelming firepower on the terrorists.
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Five of the terrorists, including a driver, and a gunner firing from a gun truck, a suicide bomber in a vehicle loaded with IED and two other terrorists were killed.
“In the ferocious counter attack, the valiant troops destroyed one gun truck and one IED-carrying vehicle. The troops also recovered one Anti Aircraft Gun and three AK 47 Rifles belonging to the terrorists.
“The troops are relentless and in high morale as they continue in hot pursuit of some of the terrorists who fled the scene of the encounter when they were overpowered by the troops.
“It will be recalled that only recently, the special forces troops resolutely dealt a deadly blow on the terrorists in a battle in which the terrorists attempted to contest the control over Baga town with the special forces troops,” Nwachukwu said.