The Nigerian Army says its troops of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’, on Friday, eliminated 21 Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the border town of Gaidam, in Yobe State.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said that troops also recovered a gun truck and other assorted weapons from the encounter.
He said the troops, who are currently conducting ‘Operation Tura Takaibango’ engaged the terrorist when they attacked the strategic border town on Friday, destroying three communications masts and looting some shops in the process.
According to him, the troops stationed at the town supported by the Air Component of the troops mounted a hot pursuit and closed up with the terrorists, killing 21 of them in the process.
Yerima said the troops were still combing the area for possible discoveries, adding that most of the terrorists escaped with various degrees of injuries from the resultant encounter.
He disclosed that three soldiers were wounded in the encounter, adding that they were in stable conditions and receiving medical attention in a military facility.