38 suspected members of the Islamist Boko Haram sect were liquidated by the troops of 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in the early hours of January 9, 2014, Thursday, as they planned to attack Damboa town of Borno state.
Col. Mohammed Dole, the spokesman of the division, revealed this in a statement issued in Maiduguri by. He said that timely reaction by the troops prevented the mass attack on the town and resulted in killing of 38 insurgents.
The Army lost one soldier, while two others sustained injuries.
“During their regular robust patrols of their Area of Responsibility, the troops of 195 Battalion in Damboa successfully repelled planned Boko Haram terrorists’ attack on residents and military camp.“In the early hours (01:00 hours) of Thursday, 9 January 2014, the insurgents attempted to launch an attack on Damboa to cause havoc and mayhem, but due to the timely information and gallantry displayed by the troops, the attack was repelled and inflicted heavy casualty on the terrorists,” the statement read.
The statement also added that “some of the insurgents fled with various degrees of injuries.
“Three vehicles, one Sienna LE, with plate number AE 844 DKW laden with cylinders and Improvised Explosive Devices, one 911 truck (SA 575 BBU) loaded with 200 bags of food stuff and one Mitsubishi canter truck (XD 441 GG) were recovered.“Large cache of assorted arms of high calibre weapons and ammunition comprising of General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Light Machine Guns (LMGs) and two AK47 rifles were seized,” the statement disclosed.
According to ChannelsTV, a combined ground troops and the aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force are tactically pursuing the fleeing terrorists in the general area of Damboa and surrounding villages.
The Army urged public once again to provide the troops with any useful information for tracking the fleeing insurgents.