- The security efforts against terrorism in the north was punctured as at least two soldiers were killed
- The men of the Nigerian Army were killed on Saturday, April 10, in Borno during an attack on Damasak town in Borno state
- Weapons used by the insurgents such as AK-47 rifles along with several other items were recovered
At least, two soldiers were killed following an attack on military operatives on Saturday, April 10, in Damasak town, Borno state.
Army spokesman Mohammed Yerima confirmed this in a statement on Sunday, April 11, which was shared on its Facebook page.
This attack came amid rising security challenges facing the northeastern part of the country, masterminded by bandits and Boko Haram terrorists.
The ill-fated soldiers were killed while engaging the terrorists with superior firepower both from the air and on the ground.
Ground troops, supported by the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD), however, thwarted the attack by the insurgents.
Similarly, in another encounter troops of Sector 1, OPLD neutralised seven members of the Boko Haram group along road Ngwom - Mafa to Maiduguri on Sunday, April 11.
The insurgents were supposedly lying in wait to attack the troops and other innocent citizens plying the busy road.
Five AK-47 rifles along with several other items were recovered from the terrorists who laid the ambush with the intent to harm commuters.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Army said not less than 11 military officers attached to Operation Whirl Stroke were killed in an unprovoked attack by strange gunmen in the Konshisha local government area of Benue state.
According to the force on its Facebook page on Friday, April 9, the deceased, an officer, and 10 soldiers were on a routine operational task in the area when they were attacked.
The army said at first, the military personnel were feared to have been kidnapped but were later discovered dead.
In a related development, the Nigerian Air Force eliminated top leaders of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and scores of their fighters in Borno state.
According to the report, the brutal and precision-guided airstrikes were conducted by the Air Task Force Operation Lafiya Dole.
The airstrikes targeted three major ISWAP hideouts at Kusuma, Sigir in Ngala, and Arijallamari in Abadam local government areas of the state.