Members of the Boko Haram on Thursday attacked a military location in Borno State killing two soldiers, the Army has said.
The insurgents were, however, repelled by soldiers who killed 15 of them, the Army said.
The Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said the insurgents launched the attack at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday. The colonel said the battle lasted for two hours.
Apart from the two dead soldiers, four others were injured in the attack, Mr. Usman said.
Read Mr. Usman’s full statement below.
Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE Task Force Battle Group and Multinational Joint Task Force presently harbouring in Abadam village dealt decisively with elements of Boko Haram that attempted to attack on their location. The attack which was launched by the terrorist group at about 6:30 am today, Thursday 22nd September 2016 and it lasted for about 2 hours.
During the fierce battle, the troops killed 15 of the insurgents, with many escaping with gunshot wounds.
Sadly however 2 soldiers paid the supreme price in action while 4 others were wounded in action. The bodies of our late colleagues and the wounded have since been evacuated.
The gallant troops recovered weapons and ammunitions from the insurgents These includes, 1 Gun truck, 1 60mm Mortar tube, 7 60mm Mortar bomb, a General Purpose Machine (GPMG), 3 damaged AK 47 Rifle, 4 Bandoliers of Anti-Aircraft rounds of ammunition.
The troops have continued mop up and clearance operations of the remnants of the terrorists. They have also intensified vigilance and high level of alertness.
We shall oblige you with photographs later.
You are please requested to disseminate this information to the public through your esteemed medium.
Thank you for your usual and kind cooperation.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman
Acting Director Army Public Relations