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Army loses two officers, five soldiers, dozens of insurgents perish

 Army loses two officers, five soldiers, dozens of insurgents perish

Army confirms death of 2 officers, 5 soldiers in battle with Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army, Saturday, confirmed the death of two officers and five soldiers during gun-battle with insurgents in Borno on Friday.

There has been an unconfirmed report that two officers and five soldiers were killed in battle between the troopers and Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in Rann.

And the army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema , in a Saturday  statement confirmed it.

Onyema said that the troops of Sector 1 Joint Task Force(JTF) North East(NE), Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) neutralized scores of Boko Haram (BH) and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists, who infiltrated Kala Balge town with mounted gun trucks and motorcycles on Friday, 3 December 2021.

He said: “The insurgents attacked troops deployed at the Forward Operational Base (FOB) Rann, a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon. Troops gallantly engaged the defiant terrorists with superior firepower, forcing them to abandon their mission and withdraw in disarray.

 “In the fierce battle for Kala Balge, troops defended the town and neutralized 26 BH/ISWAP terrorists. The gallant troops also captured terrorists’ combat vehicles, 18 AK 47 rifles and one M-21 rifle with large quantity of ammunition.

“Several other equipment were also destroyed by troops. Regrettably, two officers and five soldiers paid the supreme price, while three personnel who sustained gun shot wounds are currently receiving medical attention,” he said.

He said the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, has paid tribute to the departed heroes, who paid the supreme price in defending their fatherland.

“He has also commended troops for their gallantry in the North East, especially with the recent successes recorded in Gajiram and the Tumbus,” he said.

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