Army Repels Boko Haram Insurgents, Kills Scores in Yobe

The Nigerian Army disclosed on Sunday that its troops repelled Boko Haram insurgents, who were out to attack a military patrol team at Sasawa community in Yobe State.
In a statement, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, said the gallant troops on Saturday repelled an ambush by the insurgents and killed many of them in gun battles at Sasawa in Babbangida Local Government Area of Yobe.
The statement was issued in Maiduguri, Borno State.
Chukwu said the insurgents were planning to attack the Babbangida market to steal food items and laid ambush for the troops on patrol, when troops successfully repelled them.
The statement said: “Troops of 233 Battalion deployed in Operation LAFIYA DOLE have neutralised scores of Boko Haram terrorists today, 21 July, along Sasawa Road in Babbangida Local Government Area of Yobe State while countering an ambush staged by element terrorists.
“The troops encountered the ambush during a fighting patrol to clear the general area of the fleeing elements of Boko Haram terrorists who have been on rampage for food and logistics.
“The gallant troops overpowered and neutralized the insurgents in the fierce fight that ensued and successfully extricated themselves from the ambush.”
The statement explained that reports indicated that the insurgents, whose original plan was to attack and loot Babbangida market, aborted the mission and laid ambush for the troops on patrol.
“Unfortunately, while fighting through the ambush, the troops recorded some casualties.
“The situation has been brought under firm control by the troops and additional troops have been drafted to the area to reinforce the patrol troops.
“The Air Task Force is on aerial surveillance of the general area to track down fleeing terrorists survivors .
”The good people of Babbangida Local Government Area and Yobe state in general are urged not to panic but to remain calm and steadfast.”
It added that troops suffered casualties.
It added that additional men had been deployed to reinforce the patrol troops, while the Air Task Force was on aerial surveillance to track the fleeing terrorists.

Author: News Editor

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