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No fewer than two officers and five soldiers were killed yesterday when operatives of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) engaged Boko Haram (BH) and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists who infiltrated Kala Balge town in Borno State in a gun duel.
Speaking to newsmen, Army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, explained that three other members of the Sector 1 Joint Task Force(JTF) North East(NE), were injured in the attack.
‘Regrettably, two officers and five soldiers paid the supreme price, while three personnel who sustained gunshot wounds are currently receiving medical attention,‘ the spokesman stated.
General Onyema, however, revealed that the troops neutralized scores of the terrorists who came on gun trucks and motorcycles.
According to him, the insurgents attacked troops deployed at the Forward Operational Base (FOB) Rann, a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon.
‘Troops gallantly engaged the marauding terrorists with superior firepower, forcing them to abandon their mission and withdraw in disarray.
‘In the fierce battle for Kala Balge, troops defended the town and neutralized 26 BH/ISWAP terrorists,‘ the army spokesman narrated.
He added that the gallant troops also captured terrorists’ combat vehicles, 18 AK 47 rifles and one M-21 rifle with a large quantity of ammunition. Several other equipments were also destroyed by troops.
In the meantime, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has paid tribute to the departed heroes, who paid the supreme price in defending their fatherland.
He has also commended troops for their gallantry in the North East, especially with the recent successes recorded in Gajiram and the Tumbus.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK