The Nigerian army on Tuesday night said its troops ambushed a group of Boko Haram insurgents that attempted to attack Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.
The acting assistant director, army public relations, Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Njoka Irabo, in a statement, said troops stormed Maisandari after receiving information on the planned attack.
Irabo’s statement read, “Following credible information of planned efforts by Boko Haram terrorists to attack Damaturu, troops of Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, successfully laid an ambush which led to the extermination of many Boko Haram Terrorists, that attempted to attack Damaturu, Yobe State at about 5:15 pm, today (Tuesday), the 9th of April 2019.”
“The vigilant troops effectively ambushed the criminals few metres ahead of Maisandari community at the outskirts of the city of Damaturu.
“The terrorists were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the gallant troops and the well-coordinated air support, from the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole.
“Consequently, many terrorists met their Waterloo, some were also wounded.”
Some of the items recovered from the group, according to him, include two gun trucks, two anti-aircraft guns, a 60-millimetre mortar, four AK 47 rifles, a general purpose machine gun and 1,245 rounds of 7.62 mm (NATO).
Irabo further stated that the “troops have embarked on hot pursuit of the fleeing terrorists, mop up/combing of the general area is ongoing.”
“Further details and possible recoveries would be provided on completion of the mop up operations,” he said.