Maiduguri - The Nigerian Army said that it
killed seven suspected Boko Haram terrorists after a botched attack on troops
in Gwoza, in Borno.
Col. Tukur Gusau, the media Coordinator of Operation Lafiya
Dole stated this while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri on Friday.
"Boko Haram terrorists, despite their obvious losses, have
made a desperate but costly attempt to attack Nigerian Army’s blocking position
early this morning in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno.
"The encounter which started at about 5 a.m. on Friday
lasted for almost two hours,'' Gusau said.
He said that a number of weapons were recovered by the army.
"Although details are still being collated, suffice to
state that seven suspected terrorists were gunned down.
"The following items were recovered; one Toyota Hilux
vehicle, 11 AK-47 rifles, one Shilka Gun, one Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube,
six Hand Grenades. Others include several rounds of Shilka Gun and Machine Gun
ammunition,'' Gusau said.
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He added that troops were on pursuit of the attackers into
Sambisa forest to eliminate all of them while the Nigerian Air Force was
bombarding their locations.
Gusau said that the attack was part of desperate efforts by
the terrorists to draw attention.
"It will be recalled that the Boko Haram terrorists’
ability as a coherent fighting force has been degraded over time by troops
through relentless attacks, patrols and aerial bombardments.
"The desperate attack was a failed attempt to project an
image of strength, it is part of the last struggles of a dying evil,'' he said.
Gusau said that troops of 7 Division Garrison and 112 Task
Force Battalion also recovered large number of weapons in Mafa LGA.
"Similarly. troops of 7 Division Garrison and 112 Task Force Battalion on
Thursday while on fighting patrol recovered weapons in Busheshe village in Mafa
"The weapons recovered include two Hilux vans, two anti
aircraft guns, three 81 millimeter bombs, 101, 60 millimeter bombs.
"Others are 20 ammunition boxes and 21 rocket
professed guns, large quantity of 7.62 millimeter special ammunition and cache
of different caliber of ammunition,'' he said.