DHQ claims victory over insurgents after 12- hour battle

Nigerian-troopsThe Defence Headquarters says troops on Wednesday morning successfully crushed another attempt by terrorists on a revenge mission to Konduga, Borno after 12 hours of fighting in the community.

A statement posted on the DHQ website on Wednesday, said that the troops were now combing the vicinity of Konduga.

It explained that the cordon and search operation was to determine the “heavy” casualties suffered by the terrorists in the encounter.

The statement said three Hilux vehicles, one Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and cache of arms and ammunition were captured from the insurgents and promised to give more details later.

Meanwhile, Brig.-Gen. Olajide Laleye, the Director of Army Public Relations, said the renewed morale, fighting spirit and combat efficiency of troops had been boosted by new strategies devised by the armed forces.

In a statement on Wednesday, Laleye said that the support of well-meaning members of the public had also boosted the morale of the troops.

“Therefore, the Nigerian Army implores the public to continue to support the military and other security agencies engaged in the ongoing operation to rid Nigeria of bloodletting insurgents and ruthless religious extremists.”

Meanwhile, the army spokesman clarified that the “widely reported Boko Haram attack on troops along Okene-Kabba road in Kogo, was clearly not a Boko Haram related incident.

“In reality, the incident was a case of armed robbery attack on troops of 322 Artillery Regiment who were travelling in seven Marcopolo buses to Kontagora for an engagement.”

Laleye explained that the robbers mistook the soldiers for normal civilian travellers, who ply the route.

He said that three soldiers, who sustained injuries during the robbery attack, were receiving appropriate medical care and would soon join their colleagues.

“Therefore, the Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate its earlier warning on the danger of publishing unverified reports and attributing all criminal activities to Boko Haram terrorists.

“The inherent danger in this brand of journalism is that it heightens public fear, endangers public safety and creates the wrong impression that Boko Haram is everywhere,” he said.