By Sadiq Umar – The Nigerian military has killed 16 members of the Boko Haram terrorists, after it foiled their attack on village in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno state.
The insurgents in three vehicles, including gun trucks had infiltrated and attacked the Mairari village when troops at the Forward Operational Base (FOB) were alerted by locals.
A statement by the Deputy Director Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command, Onyema Nwachukwu, said troops deployed in FOB “along Mairari in Monguno neutralised 16 Boko Haram insurgents in an encounter that occurred at about 6.50 pm on Friday 27 July 2018, in Mairari, a village located in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno state.
“The troops supported by the Air Task Force swiftly responded to the attack killing 16 insurgents and capturing 2 Gun trucks abandoned by the insurgents, as they tried escaping, having been overwhelmed by the superior fire power from the troops,” the statement said.
Adding that, “the gallant troops also recovered 163 Rounds of Anti-Aircraft Gun Ammunition during the fierce encounter.
Four civilians and a soldier sustained varying degrees of injury and have been promptly evacuated to a Military Hospital, where they currently receiving medical attention,” it added.
The Command said FOB has been further reinforced with additional troops while fighting patrols are on the trail of the insurgents who fled the attack.
“Normalcy has been restored and the people of Monguno Local Government Area are enjoined to remain vigilant and report any suspicious person(s) or activities as they go about their normal business,” the statement further added.