Troops operating in the North-East have rounded up and killed a group of terrorists on a mission to penetrate and attack Goniri Community in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.
This was contained in a statement on Monday by the Director of Defence Information and Coordinator, Joint Information Centre Counter Terrorism Campaign, Maj.-Gen Chris Olukolade.
Olukolade said the insurgents’ mission was thwarted as they were ambushed by troops on patrol, who were already alerted on their mission.
The statement stated, “Troops are still in pursuit of the fleeing terrorist elements after the encounter which resulted in some casualties on both parties.
“Rockets and machine guns were freely used by the terrorists who eventually lost over eight of their fighters with several others wounded. Arms were also captured from the terrorists while others fled.
“The troops, however, lost a soldier while an officer was seriously wounded in the encounter”.
Gujba is the hot-bed of insurgents’ activities in Yobe. Buni Yadi, where scores of students of the Federal Government College were massacred in cold blood recently, is in Gujba LGA.
Olukolade also disclosed that the soldiers, operating around Gamboru Ngala and Dikwa Local Government Area towards Nigeria’s borders with Chad and Cameroon, were busy throughout the weekend.
He added that the troops were recovering weapons hidden by terrorists who were dislodged from the area.
“Assisted by captured terrorists, the troops were led to the sites where arms have been hidden in farms and cemeteries. The cordon and search of the entire area is still in progress”, he said.