- Troops of special force school and 27 task force brigade located at Buni Yadi in Gujiba local government area of Yobe state have neutralized five Boko Haram terrorists
- According to Sagir Musa, the army spokesman, the casualties were recorded when the terrorists attacked a military formation in the town
- Musa said five other soldiers were wounded and were receiving treatment in the Brigade Field Ambulance
Emerging reports have claimed that five Boko Haram members, an officer and three soldiers died on Saturday, February 16, at Buni Yadi in Gujba local government area of Yobe, during encounter between troops and the terrorists.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sagir Musa, the army spokesman, who confirmed the attack in a statement on Sunday, February 17, said the casualties were recorded when the terrorists attacked a military formation in the town.
The Nigerian Army Special Forces School and 27 Task Force Brigade are both located in Buni Yadi. Musa said five other soldiers were wounded and were receiving treatment in the Brigade Field Ambulance.
Musa said the insurgents were armed with four gun trucks, one Mine Resistant Ambush Protection (MRAP), one MOWAC (heavy fighting equipment) and assorted arms and ammunitions.
He noted that nine AK 47 rifles, one anti-aircraft gun, 121 rounds of 12.7 mm anti-aircraft ammunitions, two 36 hand grenades, 295 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition and four Improvised Explosive(IED) Device, were recovered from the insurgents.
Musa said one IED cylinder, one RPG bomb, one RPG bomb charger, one gun truck and one Bajaj motorcycle were also recovered from the terrorists.
He quoted the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to have commended troops for successes being recorded in recent times in the battle against insurgents in the North East and enjoined them to remain resolute, alert and decisive as well as professional.
Buratai also thanked all those who passed timely and credible information that aided the successful “abortion of the attempted attack on troop’s position in Buni Yadi.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian Army reacted to reports of crisis within military following the recent mass retirement of 200 senior officers.
A statement by the director, Army public relation, Aliyu Yusuf, said the publication trending in the social media and some sections of the main stream media about the retirement of some officers from the service of the Nigerian Army.
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