The Nigerian Army has described the battle last night between its troops and Boko Haram in Borno State as fierce but successful.
In a statement, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, said an attack by Boko Haram at Izza-Mainyakare axis in Borno State, lasted about 40 minutes, ending at about 7. 40 pm, having started at about 7pm.
“The terrorists who came in 5 Toyota Hilux vehicles mounted with Anti-Aircraft guns which they fired along with 81mm mortar. The battle ready troops rose to the occasion and repelled the attack and pursued the terrorists that withdrew in disarray towards the river line of Izza-Mainyakare axis,”
“The attack lasted for about 40 minutes without any casualty on our troops while an unconfirmed number of Boko Haram terrorists were killed. The troops recovered an 81mm mortar tube from the terrorists.
“The troops maintain highest level alertness and vigilance at the harbour area. They will further exploit and continue with the clearance operation,” Colonel Usman said.
He said the troops were involved in the clearance and rescue operations in Sambisa forest nicknamed “Operation CRACKDOWN” when they came under attack.
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