Molly Kilete, Abuja
The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), said its troops have killed ten members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), at Baga, in Borno State.
Chief of Military Public Information in charge of the MNJTF, Colonel Timothy Antigha, said the terrorists alongside four suicide bombers met their end while attempting to invade troops’ location in the area while several others escaped with severe injuries.
He, however, lamented that one soldier was killed during the attack, while five others who sustained injuries and had been evaluated and they were receiving medical attention.
Antigha in a statement said: “What was meant to be a surprise dawn attack on Multinational Joint Task Force and national troops this morning became a nightmare for the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), as ten of its terrorists met their waterloo in Baga.
“Specifically, at about 5:30 am this morning, ISWAP terrorists numbering about 30 invaded troops’ defensive locality. However, vigilant troops spotted their approach and promptly thwarted what could have been an audacious assault.
“In the process, ten terrorists, including four suicide bombers were neutralised. Others escaped with gunshot wounds, as blood-stained tracks were observed. Additionally, assorted arms and ammunition were impounded from other terrorists who fled in disarray. Unfortunately, a soldier paid the supreme price, while five others sustained varying degrees of injuries and have been evaluated for medical attention.
“It must be reemphasised that the MNJTF acting cohesively with national forces will continue to pursue courses of action necessary for the achievement of its mandate in the Lake Chad Basin.”