A gun battle between men of the Nigerian army and Insurgents comprising of Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) along the fringes of the Lake Chad and Tumbus has resulted in the death of four soldiers.
In a statement issued on Monday by Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, troops of Sector 3 Operation Lafiya Dole were on a clearance patrol when the ugly incident occurred.
The statement titled, ‘How Troops Obliterated Boko Haram Terrorists Along Fringes Of Lake Chad, Tumbus’, revealed that the troops sighted the terrorist groups gun trucks and engaged them in a gun battle.
The statement read partly, “In the course of the hot pursuit which was aided by air cover provided by the Air Task Team of Operation Lafia Dole, several terrorists were neutralised and their gun trucks destroyed.
“Unfortunately however, 1 officer and 3 gallant soldiers paid the Supreme sacrifices while those wounded in action are currently receiving medical attention at 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital in Maimalari Cantonment.
“Above is on-the-spot account of the encounter between Nigerian troops and the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in Monguno area and environ.
“Members of the public are assured that the troops are on top of the situation and working assiduously to end the insurgency and terrorism in country in line with the directives of the Chief of Army Staff.”