Spokesman of the Army, Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, stated on Monday in Maiduguri: â€śOur troops gallantly dealt with the terrorists, who were on a suicidal infiltration attempt into an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.â€ť
According to him, the terrorists mounted on four gun trucks and many motorcycles, attempted to infiltrate and attack the camp through the northern part of the troopsâ€™ deployment, but they met fierce fire from the alert troops, resulting in the killing of six.
The troops, he added, routed and forced the terrorists to flee in disarray towards the Gulumba forest.
Arms recovered from the terrorists, The Guardian gathered, include six AK-47 rifles, a hand grenade and first aid box with assorted drugs.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, has lauded the troopsâ€™ high level of alertness and fighting spirit, urging them to sustain the momentum and ensure that the remnants of terrorists hibernating in the area were cleared.
Earlier, on Sunday, the troops had dealt with terrorists on a suicidal infiltration attempt into the camp.
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