The army has killed at least 40 suspected insurgents and injured numerous others as it foiled planned attacks on the Bama and Konduga local government areas of the Borno State.
The troops, acting on information that the gunmen were planning an attack on Konduga and Bama local councils’ headquarters on the eve of Eid-el-Kabir celebration, engaged the sect at the fringes of Sambisa Forests and repelled the armed militants.
The acting spokesman of 7 Division, Captain Aliyu Ibrahim Danja, said the clash and eventual repulsion of Boko Haram suspects were based on intelligence report available to troops on ground and air that over 100 armed sect members had mobilised at a nearby bush, which is 10 kilometres to Bama township, with arms to launch attacks on Konduga.
He further disclosed that before the terrorists could move to launch their attacks, the 7 Division members ambushed them with armoured patrol tankers and rocket-propelled grenades.
“Our troops were also able to recover arms and ammunition from the fleeing terrorists that sustained various degrees of injuries in the repulsion that lasted for over two hours,” Danja said in Maiduguri.
Borno is one of the states worst affected by the terror blamed on the outlawed Boko Haram sect, leading to the declaration of a state of emergency earlier this year.