The Nigerian Army on Tuesday, said it has recorded another success in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
In a statement by Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, army’s Operations Media Coordinator, he disclosed that the insurgents carried out a failed ambush on troops of 153 Task Force Battalion deployed at New Marte, and abandoned weapons and ammunition in the process.
Iliyasu explained that the soldiers had embarked on hunting down remnants of the terrorists left in Dikwa on Monday.
According to him, incidentally, the troops encountered an ambush staged against them by the insurgents along the patrol route at Ala Village; seven kilometres from New Marte.
The media coordinator stated that the insurgents reinforced the ambush with an unskillfully prepared Improvised Explosive Device planted against the troops.
He said the troops, rather than being intimidated by the attack, turned around and dealt a heavy blow on their attackers.
“Having so clearly asserted their superiority in the ensuing firefight, the criminal insurgents were forced to flee in disarray.
“The gallant troops then embarked on a relentless pursuit of the scampering insurgents who abandoned some of their fighting equipment in utter confusion,” Colonel Iliyasu said.
He noted that the operation was conducted barely two weeks after some boko haram fighters suffered a tactical defeat, in which a number of them were killed and many others injured as they mistakenly stepped on improvised explosive device they had earlier planted against soldiers.
He revealed that the soldiers chased the insurgents and recovered two gun trucks, two anti-aircraft guns, and 2,080 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition.
Other items recovered from the insurgents are; 26 rounds of 12.7 mm armor-piercing incendiary ammunition, three AK 47 rifles, six rounds of 12.7 mm (belted), one AOJOE motorcycle, as well as some clothes, foodstuff, and mechanical tools.
Iliyasu further noted that most of the insurgents were believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds, while troops have continued to patrol the area.