At least thirteen Boko Haram insurgents have been killed while attempting to infiltrate the location of 64/98 Task Force Battalions and elements of Armed Forces Special Forces Battalion deployed at Mallam Fotori in Abadam LGA of Borno State.
According to the Media Coordinator, Nigerian Army Operations Centre, Col Aminu Iliyasu, the marauding Boko Haram insurgents attacked the location with Person Borne Improvised Explosive Devices, Gun Trucks, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) and other small arms.
“However, the dogged troops responded swiftly, outgunning and decimating the cowardly criminal insurgents and forcing them to withdraw in disarray.
“Notwithstanding, it was apparent that most of the criminal Boko Haram insurgents escaped with serious gunshot wounds as traces of blood were seen along their escape route.” He said.
The statement adds that at the end of the encounter, 3 Boko Haram criminals were neutralized, 2 of their Gun Trucks were destroyed while 3 AK 47 Rifles and one Anti-Aircraft Gun were also captured from the insurgents.
“Regrettably, one soldier paid the supreme price while 4 other soldiers were wounded in action. The wounded soldiers are currently in a military medical facility and are positively responding to treatment.”
During the mop-up operation, 13 additional Boko Haram bodies were discovered along the criminals’ withdrawal route. Additionally, 2 AK 47 Rifles, 187 Rounds of Anti-Aircraft Gun (Belted), 2 Hand Grenades, one Rocket Propelled Gun (RPG) Bomb, one SPG Bomb, 80 Rounds of General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) Belted, 5 Light Machine Gun (LMG) Rounds, 4 AK 47 magazines loaded with 30 Rounds of 7.62mm Special each, one Anti-Aircraft Gun Lens, 3 military boots, 2 hand bags, one camouflage trouser and 2 bandoleers were recovered.