Abuja - The Nigerian army said it recovered arms and ammunition from an encounter with the members of Boko Haram during the recapturing of the Borno central town of Dikwa.
Spokesman of the 7 Division of the Nigeria Army headquarters in Maiduguri, Col. Tukur Gusau, disclosed the breakthrough.
He also disclosed that was the first time Nigerian troops would be inside the town to liberate it.
Gusau said there was no part of troubled Borno that was under the occupation of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
He revealed that troops engaged the insurgents in fierce battle to liberate Dikwa but insisted that no soldier died in action but 20 insurgents were killed and some cache of weapon recovered from the battle ground.
“This is the first time we entered Dikwa and liberated the town from Boko Haram. It is true there was information to the effect that Dikwa was once liberated but not by Nigerian troops," he said.
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"But this time around, we have recaptured the town and killed 20 Boko Haram terrorists during the battle. The military would never recapture any town or community and then leave."
Gusau said the army would not allow Boko Haram to seize the town again.
"Never again. It won't happen."
He reported the army recovered various weapons including one General Purpose Machine Guns, six AK 47, three Magazine, one Tafor Rifle, one PKM Rifle, 12.7 mm anti-aircraft ammunition and 7.62 mm special.
He said three Sim cards of with 4 GB memory card and a cell phone were discovered while some vehicles and motorcycles laden with IED were destroyed.
The Army spokesman solicited for the support of all Nigerians to defeat Boko Haram in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the three northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
- CAJ News