Tuesday, April 19, 2016 8:44 am
The Nigerian Army says calm has returned to the northern Borno town of Kareto after the early Monday morning attack by Boko Haram insurgents.
The Army Spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi.
Usman said troops of the 113 battalion, with aerial support from the Nigerian Air Force, successfully repelled the attack on the town and the battalion headquarters.
He said reinforcement had been sent to the unit to forestall any attacks while troops were still on the trail of the insurgents.
The spokesman said scores of the insurgents were killed in the attack while others escaped.
Usman said two officers and 22 soldiers who were wounded had been taken to Maiduguri for prompt medical attention.
“You will recall that Boko Haram terrorists attacked our troops location at Kareto this morning but were successfully repelled by our troops.
“The situation has since been brought under control and reinforcement sent to the location.
“So far, our troops had two officers and 22 soldiers wounded in the attack and they have been taken to the military hospital in Maiduguri for treatment,’’ he said.
Boko Haram insurgents attempted to enter the 113 battalion headquarters located at Kareto in an early morning attack.
The military had recently cleared many hideouts of the insurgents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa including their purported Spiritual Headquarters at the Alagarno forest.