Troops of 120 Task Force Battalion at Goniri, Yobe State, serving as a blocking force against Boko Haram insurgents fleeing from aerial bombardments conducted by the Nigerian Air Force and other military artillery fire, in the early hours of Wednesday morning came under attack from the group in a confrontation that left more than 100 insurgents dead.
There were, however, casualties from the soldiers, with seven killed and nine injured, including a commissioned officer.
Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, disclosed in a statement on Wednesday that the brave troops successfully repelled the attack and killed at least 100 of the insurgents while also recovering several weapons and ammunition from them.
“During the encounter, the troops have recovered sizeable arms, ammunitions and other equipment from the terrorists. These include 1 General Purpose Machine Gun, 2 Rocket Propelled Grenades, 9 AK-47 rifles and belted rounds of 7.62 (NATO) ammunitions,” Usman said.
“Others were various wires used for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), 7 Primed IEDs, different types of Spanners and a Torch Light.”
The spokesman added that troops from 21 Brigade on a patrol between Bama and Ngurosoye in Borno State also destroyed Boko Haram camps in the areas, including hideouts used for fabricating improvised explosive devices, IEDs.
Another patrol between Bama and Kawuri also unearthed IEDs, Usman added.