Maiduguri - A soldier and 13 insurgents were killed on Monday when Nigerian troops and Boko Haram insurgents clashed in Kangarwa, Kukawa local government area in the northern region of Borno State.
Three soldiers were also wounded in the clash which was actually a counter attack carried out by the troops of the 119 Task Force Battalion, 8 Division Nigerian Army.
Army spokesman Col. Usman Kukasheka confirmed the casualties in a statement in the early hours of Tuesday, November 8.
In the statement, Usman said the Boko Haram attack was on troops of 119 Task Force Battalion, 8 Division of the Nigerian Army.
He said the troops were able to “neutralize 13 of the attacking Boko Haram terrorists.”
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“Unfortunately”, “one soldier paid the supreme price during the encounter, while 3 soldiers were wounded in action.”
He said the troops had to call for air support as the attack dragged on.
“The offensive which began at about 4.00pm and lasted for roughly four hours, necessitated the troops calling for air support to which the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) promptly responded by dispatching an Intelligence Surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft and a Ground Attack Fighter Aircraft in support of the ground offensive.”, he said.
The army spokesperson said the fierce encounter also saw some insurgents fleeing with gunshot wounds while abandoning their weapons and some personal effects.
“The troops also neutralized 2 Hilux vehicles belonging to the insurgents and recovered the following: a Hilux vehicle, 1 Browning Machine Gun (BMG), 1 Anti Aircraft Gun (AAG), 2 General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), 1 Light Machine Gun (LMG), 2 Rocket Propelled Guns Seven (RPG 7) tubes and bombs, 5 AK-47 Rifles and 550 Rounds of Anti-Aircraft Gun ammunition”, he said.
- News 24