Nigeria army has confirmed Boko Haram attack on its troops fighting then in Borno using anti-aircraft guns which they fired along with 81mm mortar.
The army however said the terrorists, who came in 5 Toyota Hilux vehicles, warded off by the military fighting troops.
Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, confirmed in a statement today that the Boko Haram attacks on the troops occurred last Wednesday at about 7.00pm.
He said the troops, nicknamed “Operation CRACKDOWN”, were on clearance and rescue operations in Sambisa forest when the terrorists opened fire on them but battle ready troops rose to the occasion and repelled the attack and pursued the terrorists that withdrew in disarray towards the river line of Izza-Mainyakare axis.
Col. Usman said the attack lasted for about 40 minutes without any casualty on on the soldiers, while an unconfirmed number of Boko Haram terrorists were killed.
The statement said, “The troops recovered an 81mm mortar tube from the terrorists. The troops maintain highest level alertness and vigilance at the harbour area. They will further exploit and continue with the clearance operation.
According to the statement, Troops of 7 Division based on information received, conducted a special operation at Chingurimi, Walasa and Masa villages which were believed to have large concentration of abducted women and children were held hostages by the Boko Haram terrorists on Wednesday 4th May 2016.
“The troops killed quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists and rescued 17 women, an old man and 24 children at the area. They also recovered 1 AK-47 rifle, 6 rounds of 7.62mm, 295 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO), 12 Dane Guns, 21 unserviceable mobile telephone handsets and one serviceable as well as150 different SIM cards.
“In all, the troops rescued over 400 persons held …Read More
Source:: Nigerian Pilot