A gun dual between the Nigerian troops and members of Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) has left scores of terrorists and four soldiers dead.
This was confirmed in a statement, Monday, by army spokesperson, Mohammed Yerima,
He said the troops, from sector 3 of Operation Lafiya Dole, were on patrol along the Lake Chad region on Saturday when they engaged the insurgents in a gunfight.
“They had advanced and cleared Daban Massara and Ali Sherifti villages among other settlements before they harboured for replenishment and retrofitting.
“However, as they commenced the second phase of their operations and advancing along the Kukawa – Monguno road, about 14 kilometres to their base, they sighted BHTs/ISWAP gun trucks and swiftly commenced pursuit with heavy fire and deft manoeuvre.
“In the course of the hot pursuit which was aided by air cover provided by the Air Task Team of Operation Lafia Dole, several terrorists were neutralised and their gun trucks destroyed.
“Unfortunately, however, one officer and three gallant soldiers paid the supreme sacrifices while those wounded in action are currently receiving medical attention at 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital in Maimalari Cantonment,” he said.