By Victor Akaa, Abuja
The Nigerian Army says,“the gallant troops of Operation HADIN KAI decisively dealt with ISWAP terrorists who attempted to infiltrate Dikwa town on Tuesday, 8 June 2021.”
A statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, made available to Enugu Reporters said, the insurgents met their waterloo when they mounted on 5 Gun Trucks, some on motorcycles and other foot soldiers trying to infiltrate the town through Gajibo axis.
Brig Gen Yerima noted that ,the criminal elements unluckily met with superior fire power 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 encouter, 6 members of the terrorists groups were neutralized, several others were severely injured while the survivors withdrew in total disarray leaving behind their dead collegues.
“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.” he stated.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya has since commended the gallant troops over the feat and charge them to remain resolute and steadfast as he assured to sustain more offensive posture to ensuring relative peace and stability in the north East.