3 Soldiers Killed in Boko Haram Attack

The Nigerian Army has said its troops repelled an attack by Boko Haram fighters on their location in the northern part of Borno State.
Three soldiers lost their lives, 27 sustained various degree of injuries, while no fewer than 10 of the terrorists were said to have been killed in the attack, the Army said in a statement.
According to the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General, Sani Usman, Saturday, the insurgents attempted an attack on troops location in Kangarwa village of Kukawa Local Government.
Kangarwa is situated around the locations where the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is currently prospecting for oil in the shores of the receding Lake Chad.
Following the disrupting activities of Boko Haram in that strategic region, the Nigeria military had established the 119 Battalion and the 133 Special Forces Battalion of 7 Brigade to fortify the area.
Usman said troops foiled the attack with the support of the Nigerian Air Force which promptly deployed Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planes.
He said troops dealt the attackers “a decisive blow”.
The attack lasted hours, from the evening of Friday to late night, as troops battled to repell the Boko Haram fighters until the airforce jet came to bolster the offensive by ground troops, Mr. Usman said.
“The resilient troops repelled the incursion and in the process killed 10 insurgents and wounded several others,” he said.
“They recovered, 1 Pulemyot Kalashnkova Machine (PKM) Gun, with 67 rounds of ammunition, 1 AK-47 Riffle with 18 rounds of ammunition, 2 AK-Rifle top covers and 3 Dane Guns with 1 cartridge.
“Others include, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube with 3 bombs, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade charger and smoke grenade, 1 Hand Held (HH) Motorola Radio an antenna, 1 copy of Holy Quran and Boko Haram terrorists flag.
“Unfortunately, three soldiers paid the supreme price in the course of the encounter, while 27 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries. The bodies of the gallant soldiers and those injured have since been evacuated for treatment.”

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