- Troops of the Nigerian army have killed 15 members of the Boko Haram terrorists and arrested one foreign terrorist
- The insurgents were responsible for an attack on Rann, the location of the Internally Displaced Persons Camp, that was accidentally hit by Nigerian Air Force jet
- The troops recovered the one truck with weapons, including one General Purpose Machine Gun, three AK47 and ammunitions
Troops of the Nigerian army have killed 15 members of the Boko Haram terrorists, who were part of insurgents responsible for an attack on Rann, the location of the Internally Displaced Persons Camp, that was accidentally hit by Nigerian Air Force jet.
A Boko Haram terrorist suspected to be a foreigner has also been captured by troops in Rann, Borno State. The suspect not yet identified by Nigerian military authorities.
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Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, confirmed the killing and capture of the terrorists in Rann on Friday, January 20, when he paid an operational visit to troops of 3 Batallion.
Buratai said the insurgents came again to the town in two gun trucks on Thursday, January 19, at about 6p.m. to attack, but were repelled by the soldiers, who killed 15, while others escaped with one gun truck.
He added that the troops recovered the other truck with weapons, including one General Purpose Machine Gun, three AK47 and ammunitions.
Buratai recalled that the Tuesday’s incident, the Air Force component of the Operation Lafiya Dole based on intelligence that the terrorists had infiltrated Rann with intent to attack, deployed the rockets.
He, however, regretted that the weapons mistakenly hit IDPs camps in the town, killing over 50 civilians and wounding many others.
While addressing the troops, Buratai urged them not to allow the unfortunate incident to demoralise them.
He charged them to remain committed, dedicated and patriotic, assuring them that their efforts would be rewarded.
According to the Commanding Officer of 3 Battalion, Lt.-Col. I. P. Omoke, Rann was one of the last towns retaken from the insurgents on March 22, 2016.
Rann, the headquarters of Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno, is 175km from Maiduguri and 8km to the Republic of Cameroon.