The Nigerian Army said that over 100 Boko Haram terrorists were killed by soldiers in the early hours of yesterday after they made attempts to attack 120 Task Force Battalion troops, located at Goniri, also in Yobe State.
A statement by the army spokesman, Sani Usman, revealed that during the encounter, the terrorists killed 7 soldiers and wounded nine others.
“During the encounter, our gallant troops successfully repelled the attack and inflicted heavy casualty on the invading terrorists as all of them were killed.
“On the last count over 100 terrorists bodies were seen. Unfortunately however, 7 of our gallant soldiers paid the supreme price while defending our fatherland. 1 officer and 8 soldiers were wounded in action.
Usman further statedthat, “Our troops have recovered sizeable arms, ammunition and other equipment from the terrorists. These include 1 General Purpose Machine Gun, 2 Rocket Propelled Grenades, 9 AK-47 rifles and belted rounds of 7.62 (NATO) ammunitions.
“Others were various wires used for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), 7 Primed IEDs, different types of Spanners and a torch light,” he said while maintaining that troops had become more determined to defend their location and continued to serve as blocking force to any fleeing terrorists from the Nigerian Air Force aerial bombardments and other troops artillery fire.
Mr. Usman said the troops also destroyed a terrorist training camp and recovered Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs.
“In a related development, troops of 21 Brigade on fighting patrol from Bama to Ngurosoye, have destroyed Boko Haram terrorists camps along that axis.
“While on patrol, the brave soldiers came across some of the terrorists’ hideouts that also served as fabricating area for IEDs and the terrorists’ training area. Another patrol along Bama-Kawuri axis discovered and exhumed IEDs and wires for detonation.
“It is important to reiterate that the Nigerian Army along with the support of the Nigerian Air Force and other Security Agencies would not relent in its determined effort of defeating Boko Haram terrorists,” the army spokesman said.
However, 18 people were killed and 10 others injured in multiple explosions yesterday in Damaturu, Yobe capital.
The Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency, Musa Idi, confirmed the bomb attack to journalists in Damaturu on Wednesday.
Although no one has claimed responsibility, the attack is suspected to have been carried out by Boko Haram and was carried out in a housing estate named after President Buhari. The leader of the suicide bombers was said to have gone to the pharmacy within the estate where he detonated a bomb killing 5 people. They also attacked a mosque within the area.
However, a sense of normalcy has returned to the state capital as schools opened, while workers and other residents have resumed their normal business.

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