Troops kill Boko Haram fighters in Damaturu ambush


The military  say troops  have inflicted heavy casualties on Boko Haram  fighters who attempted to attack Damaturu, the Yobe State capital on Tuesday.



In   a statement  by the acting Assistant Director Army Public Relations, Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole, Lt Njoka Irabor,  the military   said government forces killed scores of the insurgents  in an  ambush.



The statement read,  “Following credible information of planned efforts by Boko Haram terrorists to attack Damaturu, troops of  Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, successfully  ambushed and  exterminated  many Boko Haram terrorists.



  “The vigilant troops effectively ambushed the criminals  a few metres  away from  Maisandari community on  the outskirts of  Damaturu.



“The terrorists were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the gallant troops  and  well-coordinated air support, from the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole.



“Consequently, many terrorists met their waterloo. Some were also wounded.”



Irabor listed some of the  items recovered from the  gangsters  as  two gun trucks, two anti-aircraft guns, a 60 millimetre mortar, four AK 47 rifles, a general purpose machine gun and 1,245 rounds of 7.62 mm (NATO).



 He said  troops had  embarked on a hot pursuit operation  to capture  the  terrorists who escaped.
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