LAGOS, Nigeria — The Nigerian army’s engagement with Boko Haram, the terrorist group responsible for insecurity in the north-eastern part of the country, has turned out to be a fierce battle in recent times.
Four of the Nigerian troops, which attacked suspected members of the deadly sect on Sunday 25, September at Logomani, in Borno State, have been declared dead, with two others wounded. According to military authority, the Nigerian army killed 22 Boko Haram fighters during the clash which occurred at about 1:00 am on Sunday. Weapons including two AK-47 rifles, one FN rifle, one G3 rifle and 36 hand grenades were recovered from the fighters.
In a statement released by Col. Sani Usman, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, stated: “Our troops fought gallantly and repelled the attack which lasted for about one hour. At the end of the fierce encounter, the troops counted 22 dead bodies of Boko Haram fighters.”
He added: “Unfortunately, our troops lost four soldiers and their rifles as a result of Boko Haram’s use of rocket propelled grenades, while two soldiers were wounded in action. Those wounded in action had been evacuated for further medical management.”
Meanwhile, the Multinational Joint Task Force, a combined multinational military formation established to end Boko Haram scourge, comprising of Benin, Cameroon; Chad, Niger; and Nigeria, had lost four Chadian soldiers on the night of Saturday 24, September, in a cross-border raid in Djoroye border post, near the Niger border in the volatile Lake Chad region, a security source said.
(Writing by Adedayo Osho; Editing by Robyn Hunter and Ana Vugrinec)