Tuesday, March 8, 2016 11:57 pm
The Nigerian Army said that its troops killed 18 Boko Haram insurgents in two separate attacks on military locations in Pulka and Bitta, Borno, on Tuesday morning.
The Army Spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday that several arms and ammunition, vehicles and other items were recovered from them.
He said that the troops of 26 and 28 Task Force Brigades repelled the daring attack by fleeing Boko Haram terrorists in the fringes of Sambisa forest.
He noted that “today, troops of 114 Task Force Battalion came under three-pronged attack by Boko Haram terrorists fanning out of Sambisa forest from Damboa, Tokumbere and Pulka axis of Borno.
“At the end of the debacle, two Boko Haram insurgents paid for their atrocities with their lives, while several others sustained gunshot injuries.
“The fate that befell those that attacked Pulka was more dreadful as all the 16 attackers were killed and one was captured alive.’’
According to Usman, the troops also recovered 11 AK-47 rifles, three General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), one Browning Machine Gun (BMG) and two Toyota Hilux vehicles.
Other items recovered from the insurgents include a 60mm ortar tube, seven boxes of 12.7mm ammunition and a belt of 12.7mm ammunition.
The spokesman added that there was no casualty on the side of the troops except for three soldiers who sustained minor injuries.
He noted that the troops remained on maximum alert and were equally busy consolidating on their clearance operations.