ABUJA, (CAJ News) – MORALE among the Nigerian Army troops has been boosted after the killing of some 16 suspected Boko Haram terrorists who attempted an attack on an army base in the terror-prone Borno State.
Borno, northeast of Nigeria, is the region worst affected by terrorism in the continent and this past weekend, the Boko Haram plotted an attack in a military base at Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area.
Alert troops thwarted the insurgents who rode on motorcycles, armed with improvised explosive devices, anti-aircraft guns and other weapons in an exchange of fire that lasted for hours.
The troops killed seven of the attackers instantly while a number escaped with gunshot wounds.
During clearance operations, the troops discovered nine more corpses said to belong to Boko Haram terrorists.
However, five soldiers were wounded and are recovering in the state capital, Maiduguri.
Col. Sani Usman, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, said the recent breakthrough against the Islamic militant sect buoyed the troops.
“Despite the incident, troops’ morale remains very high and they have continued with their clearance operations,” Usman said.
Feared as the deadliest terror outfit in the world, the Boko Haram has killed more than 20 000 people and displaced over 3 million in Nigeria.
These live under inhumane conditions at refugee camps, where they are faced with hunger.
This is part of a vicious campaign to carve an Islamic State in Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country of more than 180 million people.
Nigerian troops, revived by partnerships with international forces, have in recent weeks attained some breakthroughs against the sect.
– CAJ News