The High Command of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday said that six fighters of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) were killed by troops of Operation Hadin Kai on Tuesday.
Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, Director of Army Public Relations, (DAPR), said in an operational update, that gun trucks and other weapons were also recovered from the terrorists.
He said the terrorist encountered the gallant troops of Operation Hadin Kai while attempting to infiltrate Dikwa town in the North East, on Tuesday, 8 June 2021.
Unfortunately, General Yerima said three soldiers were wounded during the encounter but were being adequately treated.
“The terrorist elements mounted on 5 Gun Trucks, some on motorcycles and other foot soldiers tried to infiltrate the town through Gajibo axis but were met with superior firepower by troops in conjunction with air bombardment by Air Task Force.
“The marauding terrorists were thoroughly vanquished forcing them to withdraw in high state of confusion abandoning their truck, guns, and ammunition.
“During the encounter, 6 members of the terrorist groups were neutralized, several others were severely injured while the survivors withdrew in total disarray leaving behind their dead colleagues.
“Items recovered during the encounter include 1 Gun Truck, 8 Ak 47 rifles, 40 rounds of 7.62mm Special, 39 special ammo, 3 motorcycles and 6 magazines.
“To mop up the area, troops conducted exploitation in the early hours of today in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force and Hunters along the terrorists withdrawal routes and recovered 90 rounds of 7.62 mm x 54 on links belonging to the fleeing terrorists.
“Sadly, however, 3 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries but are in stable condition as they are receiving treatment at the field Ambulance in Dikwa”, the DAPR said.
He stated further that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya has extended his commendation to the gallant troops over the feat and charge them to remain resolute and steadfast.
The COAS added that the tempo must be maintained to ensure total obliteration of terrorist groups within the North East region