Military repels Boko Haram attack in Gwoza

By: Ronald Mutum

The Nigerian Army has said Boko Haram terrorists’ attempted attack on military positions in Gwoza, Borno State was repelled yesterday. A statement by army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said: “Boko Haram terrorists despite their obvious losses have made a desperate but costly attempt to attack Nigerian Army’s blocking position early this morning in Gwoza. The encounter which started at about 5.00am lasted for almost two hours. Although details are still being collated, seven terrorists were gunned down.”

Usman said items recovered included one Toyota Hilux vehicle, 11 AK-47 rifles, one Shilka gun, one Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube, six Hand Grenades as well as several rounds of Shilka Gun and Machine Gun ammunitions. He stated that troops were in hot pursuit of the attackers into Sambisa Forest with a view to eliminating all of them while the Nigerian Air Force was bombarding their locations.

Usman recalled that the terrorists’ ability as a coherent fighting force had been degraded over time by troops through relentless attacks, patrols and aerial bombardments. “The desperate attack today was a failed attempt to project an image of strength. It is part of the last struggles of a dying evil,” the statement said.


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