Valiant troops of the Nigerian military have foiled a planned Boko Haram attack on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno state, as 26 members of the ferocious death cult were reportedly killed in the process.
Speaking on the incident, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a statement that from all indications, the terrorists aimed at causing havoc at the IDP camp located at Dikwa.
“Following dislodgement of Boko Haram terrorists camps in the border towns of Kumshe and Talala by joint operations of Nigerian and Cameroonian forces, the terrorists made a futile attempt on Dikwa early today,” Col. Usman said on Wednesday evening.
The army spokesman said that security forces “decisively dealt with the terrorists”, killing 26 of the Islamist fighters and seizing weapons and ammunition.
“Unfortunately, we lost a soldier and a member of the local vigilante (Civilian JTF) during the encounter, while 3 soldiers and 4 Internally Displaced Persons sustained injuries. A military vehicle was damaged by a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) suicide bomber.
“The troops recovered 26 bodies of the Boko Haram terrorists, while others escaped with gun shot wounds, destroyed 3 VIED, 1 MBIED and 2 Gun trucks. The gallant troops recovered 1 Gun truck mounted with an Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 Dushka Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 Browning Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Tube. Others include 1 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), 4 AK 47 Rifles, 3 RPG Bombs, 36 Hand Grenades, 1 Smoke Grenade and 8 AK-47 rifles magazines.
“The troops also recovered 236 rounds of 12.7mm ammunitions, 396 rounds of 7.62mm ammunitions and 101 rounds of 762mm (Special), ammunitions.
The casualties have seen been evacuated while the troops have been pursuing those terrorists that escaped with gunshot wounds”. The statement added.
On February 9, two female suicide bombers attacked the IDP camp in Dikwa, killing at least 58 people.
Boko Haram, which is allied to the so-called Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, wants to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria.