Nigerian troops killed 13 Boko Haram militants and thwarted an attempted attack by the extremist group in the northeast of the country, a statement from the military said Monday.
When a group of Boko Haram militants on Monday morning attempted to attack Geidam town in the northeastern state of Yobe, troops of 159 Battalion and the air task force of Operation Lafiya Dole “swiftly intercepted and engaged the criminals in a fierce exchange of fire,” said military spokesperson John Enenche in the statement.
The militants were forced to retreat into surrounding bushes, and the troops are tracking down the fleeing terrorists, Enenche said.
“During the encounter, 13 terrorists were neutralized, two gun trucks with DUSHKHA guns and six AK 47 rifles were captured,” the spokesperson said, adding that there was no casualty or loss of equipment on the side of the troops.
The situation in Geidam and environs has been normalized and troops are currently on a follow-up operation, he added.
Since 2009, Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad basin.
The group has posed enormous security, humanitarian and governance challenges in the Lake Chad basin, including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin, and Niger, according to the United Nations. Enditem