Molly Kilete, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Monday announced that counterinsurgency troops in the northeast have killed 20 members of the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province(ISWAP) terrorist groups at Baga town.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, who made this known in a statement, said the terrorists armed with heavy fight equipment were heading to attack villages surrounding Baga area when they were intercepted by the soldiers.
He said nine soldiers were wounded during the operation and have been evacuated to the Sector 3 hospital for medical attention.
Enenche’’s statement reads:
‘In a decisive intercept offensive operation, troops of 130 Battalion with the support of Army Super Camp Baga, had a fierce encounter at the north-west of Baga town with BHT/ISWAP Criminals on the 17th of May 2020.
‘The criminals armed with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms were heading to attack villages surrounding Baga, when the troops attacked their convoy with overwhelming firepower killing 20 BHT/ISWAP criminals, captured six AK 47 Rifles, 520 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and five 36 hand grenades.
‘However, nine of our gallant soldiers were wounded in action with no loss of life. They were evacuated to Sector 3 hospital for treatment.
‘The Chief of Army Staff commends the gallant troops for their professionalism and directs them to remain resolute towards eradicating the criminals from the North East.’