ISWAP suffer heavy defeat from troops days after confirming Shekau’s death

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Nigerian Army troops under the Operation Hadin Kai have reporter killed several ISWAP Terrorists in Dikwa town, Borno State.

This was coming barely 48 hours after the new ISWAP leader, Abu

A statement issueed out to journalists on Wednesday by the Director Army Public Relations, Mohammed Yerima, said “the gallant troops decisively dealt with the terrorists” who were attempting to infiltrate the town on Tuesday.

The terrorist came mounted on five gun trucks, while others rode motorcycles, even as many moved by foot.

The invading insurgents were resisted and confronted by troops’ “superior fire power backed up 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,” Mr Yerima, brigadier general, said.

“During the encounter, six members of the terrorists groups were neutralized, several others were severely injured while the survivors withdrew in total disarray leaving behind their deceased colleagues”.

“Three soldiers, however, sustained various degrees of injuries but have now been stabilised.

The victorious troops recovered one gun truck, eight AK 47 rifles, 40 rounds of 7.62mm Special, 39 special ammo, three motorcycles and six magazines.

“To mop up the area, troops conducted exploitation in the early hours of Wednesday in conjunction with the 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.

From Abuja, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya, applauded “the gallant troops’ feat as he charged them “to remain resolute and steadfast.”

“He urged them to maintain the tempo in order to ensure total obliteration of terrorist groups within the North East region,” the statement read.

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