26 February 2016

Nigeria: Army Foils Attack On Dikwa, Kills 26 Boko Haram Militants

The Nigerian army said troops in Borno State have foiled an attempt by Boko Haram to attack Dikwa.

A statement by the army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said: "following dislodgement of Boko Haram terrorists' camps in the border towns of Kumshe and Talala by joint operations of Nigerian and Cameroonian forces, the terrorists made a futile attempt on Dikwa ...."

He added that "the terrorists aimed at causing havoc at the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp located at Dikwa. However and unknown to the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists, the Armed Forces Special Forces in blocking positions decisively dealt with the terrorists; killing many, recovered vehicle, arms and ammunitions."

He said the army lost a soldier and a member of the local vigilante (Civilian JTF), while three soldiers and four internally displaced persons sustained injuries.

Usman also stated that a military vehicle was damaged by a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).

The statement said troops recovered 26 bodies of the Boko Haram terrorists, "while others escaped with gunshot wounds, destroyed three VIED, one MBIED and 2 Gun trucks."

The troops also recovered one truck mounted with an Anti-Aircraft Gun; Dushka Anti-Aircraft Gun; Browning Anti-Aircraft Gun; and one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Tube.

Others include one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG); four AK 47 Rifles; three RPG Bombs; 36 Hand Grenades; one Smoke Grenade and eight AK-47 rifles magazines. Also recovered were 236 rounds of 12.7mm ammunitions, 396 rounds of 7.62mm ammunitions and 101 rounds of 762mm (Special), ammunitions.


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