Again, Five Soldiers, Scores of Insurgents Killed in Borno

Again, Five Soldiers, Scores of Insurgents Killed in Borno

The Nigerian Army disclosed at the weekend that scores of insurgents and five soldiers were killed in a fierce encounter with terrorists in Magumeri village, Borno State. But unofficial sources put the number of soldiers killed at 15. This came as the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it was deploying the recently acquired two Agusta

The Nigerian Army disclosed at the weekend that scores of insurgents and five soldiers were killed in a fierce encounter with terrorists in Magumeri village, Borno State.
But unofficial sources put the number of soldiers killed at 15.
This came as the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it was deploying the recently acquired two Agusta Power Helicopters in Kaduna State in a renewed bid to contain armed bandits and kidnappers.
An update on the ongoing war against insurgency issued by Army Headquarters said gallant troops exterminated scores of terrorists but lost five soldiers.
The statement signed by Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Sector 3, Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Ezindu Idima, said the encounter followed an invasion of the village by insurgents with the intention to loot food items and other valuables.
It stated: “Troops of Sector 3 Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Forward Operation Base (FOB) Magumeri, Borno State had a fierce encounter with Boko Haram Terrorists on the 3rd of May 2019.
“The criminals came in numbers to infiltrate Magumeri village in order to loot food items and other valuables. The indefatigable troops effectively thwarted the terrorists’ plan through superior fire power.”
The statement said scores of insurgents were neutralised while many others escaped with gunshot wounds.
It added: “During the encounter, the gallant troops exterminated scores of the insurgents and many escaped with gunshot wounds. A pursuit/ clearance operation has been sustained to deal with the remaining fleeing criminals.
“However, during the encounter the terrorists suffered heavy losses/ casualty. Unfortunately, five soldiers paid the supreme price.”
Idima said: “Troops have continued to intensify vigilance and high level of alertness to deny the bandits freedom of action.

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