The Nigerian Army have confirmed that they have fought back hundreds of Boko Haram terrorists who attacked the dynamite-manufacturing town of Ashaka in Gombe State.
The Nigerian army lost 10 men during the battle but have reported that the terrorists lost over 70 with scores of them sustaining serious gunshot injuries – most of the terrorists fled the town. They also took most of their dead partners as they ran away in three trucks.
The army confirmed this through their twitter handle, Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade said that the insurgents attacked with a convoy of over 30 vehicles and many motorcycles.
He wrote:“Terrorists fleeing Ashaka on Thursday managed to retrieve three truckloads full of their dead members following the defeat and heavy casualty they suffered after a fierce battle with troops in the area.
“The terrorists, who had come in large number with heavy equipment and convoy of over 30 vehicles and a number of motor cycles, were on a mission to take control of Ashaka town, after they had operated in Bajoga and environs in Gombe State.
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“Troops who got wind of their intention to overrun other towns and pursued the terrorists while some also laid ambush for them. The terrorists were forced to abandon the mission when the troops proved unyielding. Most of the vehicles and equipment used by the terrorists for their mission were destroyed before they chose to flee the location.
“Over 10 soldiers however died in the battle while those who were wounded are being treated in military hospitals.
Boko Haram had invaded the Ashaka Cement company a month ago where they stole a truck load of dynamites used for manufacturing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS) and since then, several bomb attacks in Kano, Maduguri, Yobe, Adamawa and Bauchi have occured.