Friday, August 21

Nigerian soldiers liberate Borno town

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, has said troops of the 7 Brigade, Maiduguri, have liberated Gudumbali town in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State.

Usman, in a statement on Friday, said operatives killed a large number of the insurgents and destroyed their weapons during a battle and had commenced "a clearance operation in the general area".


He recalled that the fighter pilots of the Nigerian Air Force routed the camps of the insurgents in the mission area on Monday.
Usman added, "As part of the offensive against the Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 7 Brigade have today(Friday) entered and cleared Gudumbali town in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State.


"During the operation, quite a number of the terrorists were killed and their weapons and equipment destroyed. 


"The troops are currently doing clearance operations in the general area."
The Acting Army spokesman lamented that two soldiers of the 5 Brigade Explosive Devices Ordinance Unit were killed by landmines and two others injured while they were advancing towards Dikwa, Borno State, on Friday.


According to him, the soldiers ran into the landmines buried by the insurgents between old Marte and Kerenoa junction in Guzamala Local Government Area of the state.
He said the bodies of the deceased soldiers had been evacuated while those who were wounded were being treated in a military hospital.

Usman explained that the Brigade lost a Mowag armoured personnel carrier to the mines explosion, saying the troops had continued their advance to the Sambisa Forest in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists with determination in spite of the sad occurrence.
He added, "In a related development, troops of the 5 Brigade Explosive Ordinance Devices  unit, while advancing towards Dikwa, ran into landmines buried by the terrorists between old Marte and Kerenoa  junction in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State. 

"Unfortunately, two soldiers lost their lives  while two others were critically injured due to the landmine explosion.
"Despite this sad event, the troops are not deterred as they continued with their advance and pursuit of the terrorists to their enclaves in the Sambisa forest."

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