Troops of operation Hadin Kai have killed 10 suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Rann, Kala Balge local government area of Borno state.
The development comes hours after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Faruk Yahaya as the new chief of army staff.
Before his appointment, Yahaya was the theatre commander of operation Hadin Kai.
In a statement on Saturday, Mohammed Yerima, army’s spokesperson, said the insurgents came with gun trucks and had attempted to enter into the town.
“Barely hours into the tenure of the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Faruk Yahaya, Boko Haram terrorists attempted an audacious attack on troops of Operation Hadin Kai in Rann the headquarters of Kala Balge local government area of Borno state,” the statement read.
“The terrorists came in their numbers mounted on gun trucks and attempted to infiltrate the main entrance to the town.
“The highly spirited troops were right on hand to counter the move and inflicted a humiliating defeat on the terrorists who abandoned their evil mission and took to their heels.
“The troops chased the retreating terrorist and ensured there was no further threat to the town and its residents.
“Troops successfully destroyed one of the gun trucks and recovered multiple weapons including one anti-aircraft gun, two machine guns and eight AK-47 rifles neutralising ten terrorists in the process.”