The Nigerian Army late Tuesday, April 9, gave details of what it called a frustrated attempt by some Boko Haram terrorists to hit at Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state.
The Army said its men actually laid an ambush against the invading terrorists and that this resulted in the death of many of the insurgents while weapons were recovered from the operation.
Many others, according to the Army, escaped with bullet wounds.
“Following credible information of planned efforts by Boko Haram terrorists to attack Damaturu, troops of Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, successfully laid an ambush which led to the extermination of many Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) at about 5:15 pm.
“The vigilant troops effectively ambushed the criminals few metres ahead of Maisandari community at the outskirts of the city of Damaturu,” a statement by Lieutenant Njoka Irabor, acting Assistant Director Army Public Relations Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole, said.
The statement added that the terrorists were overwhelmed by the superior fire power of the troops and a well coordinated air support from the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole.
It listed the items and equipments recovered from the terrorists as:
a. 2 x Gun Trucks
b. 2x Anti Aircraft Guns
c. 1 x 60 Millimetre Mortar
d. 4 x AK 47 Rifles
e. 1x General Purpose Machine Gun
f. 1,245 Rounds of 7.62 mm (NATO)
The statement said the troops also embarked on hot pursuit of the fleeing terrorists and that it is mopping up and combing the general area.
Legit.ng earlier reported how Boko Haram terrorists were said to have launched an attack in Damaturu, the capital city of Yobe state.
Reports said the attackers entered through the eastern part of the town and started shooting sporadically.
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