The Nigerian Army has reacted on the attack on its base in Mararaba Kimba in Sabon Gari along Biu, Damboa Local Government Area of Borno SNews understands that in a statement from Ado Isa, Colonel and Deputy Director, Public Relations, Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole revealed that the recent strategy adopted by the determined troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in conducting robust and aggressive fighting patrols in the North East has been highly effective.
The statement read: “These actions were aimed to complement the efforts of Operation Yancin Tafki by the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) currently ongoing along the borders of the lake chad region.
“Recently, it has been observed that the few elements of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) earlier bombarded and chased out of their enclaves were left with a depleted number of fighters and supplies.
”They are presently feeling the colossal storm of the joint operations and are now looking for ways to sneak into town for food supplies, logistics and most important weapons.
“In their desperate and fruitless efforts, they resolved in springing surprise attacks on soft targets, smaller units, including a civilian settlement with market advantage within the Theatre.
The statement further read: During the encounter, troops were reinforced and gave the terrorists a lethal fight with only minor casualty on own troops and few damaged equipment. Dozens of the BHTs were decimated and several others escaped with severe gunshot wounds.
“We, therefore, call on the general public to disregard the unsubstantiated story circulating in some media outfits and other social media platforms with fake casualty report of own troops and equipment on the encounter with BHTs along Kimba – Sabon Gari – Damboa axis on 27 April 2019,” the statement said.
However, the Command debunk the fake report trending and said, it is the handiwork of sympathizers of the BHTs. Also, they urged the general public to support the fight against insurgency and terrorism by providing credible and timely information to security agencies for swift action.