Nigerian Army Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Forward Operational Base (FOB) along Mairari in Monguno have neutralised 16 boko haram insurgents in Mairari, a village located in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno state.
According to Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu the encounter occurred at about 6.50 pm on Friday 27 July 2018.
Colonel Nwachukwu stated that the insurgents “in three vehicles, including Gun trucks had infiltrated and attacked the community, when troops at the FOB were alerted by locals”.
“The troops supported by the Air Task Force swiftly responded to the attack killing 16 insurgents and capturing 2 Gun trucks abandoned by the insurgents, as they tried escaping, having been overwhelmed by the superior firepower from the troops,” he added.
He stated that the troops also recovered 163 Rounds of Anti Aircraft Gun Ammunition during the fierce encounter.
Unfortunately, four civilians and a soldier sustained varying degrees of injury during the firefight and have been promptly evacuated to a Military Hospital, where they currently receiving medical attention
“The FOB has been further reinforced with additional troops while fighting patrols are on the trail of the insurgents who fled the attack. Normalcy has been restored and the people of Mongonu Local Government Area are enjoined to remain vigilant and report any suspicious person(s) or activities as they go about their normal business,” Colonel Nwachukwu said.