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Soldiers kill 20 insurgents, foil another attack in Borno

The Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen Chris Olukolade, has said that the Special Forces have foiled yet another attack on two villages, Mafa and Ajiri in BornoState.
Olukolade said in an electronic mail on Thursday that soldiers on reinforcement mission cleared an ambush of the insurgents with which they had been wreaking havoc on communities.
The Defence Spokesman said that the troops killed 20 of the insurgents and seized different calibers of machine guns and improvised explosive devices from them.
He said that some soldiers were injured in the attack.
A community member had said that the injured soldiers who were on their way to confront the Boko Haram members at Mafa ran into an ambush by 8PM in which three of them sustained injuries.
It was stated that the soldiers later stormed the camps with reinforcement from the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri.
Olukolade said several of the camps of the insurgents in Borno and Adamawa were destroyed in the encounters between the insurgents and troops.
“Attempts by terrorists to attack Ajiri and Mafa as well as other communities in the outskirt of Maiduguri and Dikwa in Borno State towards the Cameroon borders, yesterday were foiled by the security forces.
“The ambush mounted by the terrorists to enable them unleash terror on the communities unchallenged, was also cleared by troops on reinforcement mission.
 “Arms captured from the terrorists include various brands of machine guns and improvised explosive devices.
“Twenty insurgents died in the encounter, while our troops sustained varying degree of injuries.  Also, more camps were destroyed yesterday in encounters at various forests and mountain locations around Adamawa and Borno States,” he said
Olukolade said that the DHQ had observed with serious concerns provocative remarks attributed to highly placed persons in government and other sponsored commentators who had been creating the wrong impression about the state of troops in the ongoing operation.
He described as unfortunate a plot to demoralize the troops with a view to creating the impression the soldiers were being defeated by the insurgents.
“Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters has noted with grave concern the inflammatory pronouncements by some highly placed persons in government and some apparently sponsored commentators in and outside the country who have consistently given false and misleading remarks to describe the disposition of troops in the ongoing operations.
 “It has become clear that this sustained campaign is intended to demoralize the troops and give impression that the military is overwhelmed by the terrorist group.  This tendency is unfortunate to say the least.” He added
He maintained that it was impossible for the military to be overwhelmed by insurgents stressing that the mischievous acts of those supporting the sect would not dampen the morale of the troops.
Olukolade urged Nigerians to ignore the propaganda of the insurgents and their backers who claim the soldiers lacked the ability to handle the insurgency.
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