The joint operations by the Nigerian Army ground troops and two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha
jets on Sunday killed 11 Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists, including top commanders as they foiled the terrorists’ attack on Banki, Bama Local Government Area (LGA) of
Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.
Unfortunately, two soldiers died as they pursued the fleeing terrorists after they were routed.
The military also recovered gun trucks and ammunition from the terrorists.
The troops had engaged the ISWAP terrorists in an aggressive battle at Bula Yobe axis of Banki when they attempted to attack a military formation in the axis.
But they were repelled by troops of 21 Armoured Brigade Bama, which operates under Operation Hadin Kai.
Sources said that the heavy gunfight lasted more than two hours.
According to the source, “the ISWAP-Boko Haram terrorists, suspected to have come from the Sambisa Forest on about six gun trucks and approached the area from different directions simultaneously to wreak havoc, but met their Waterloo by the gallant troops.
“The terrorists withdrew in disarray with a large number of them suffering fatal injuries leaving behind
several weapons and ammunition including anti-aircraft gun barrel, AK 47 rifles.
“Unfortunately, we lost two gallant military personnel while pursuing the fleeing remnants of terrorists after the encounter.”