The 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri said that at least 38 members of the Boko Haram terror group and a soldier died in a gun battle during an attack on Damboa Village of Borno state.
Damboa, located 85km south of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, shares boundary with the Sambisa forest. It has suffered many attacks by the Boko Haram in recent times.
The spokesperson of the Army formation, Mohammed Dole, confirmed the incident in a press statement sent to journalists in Maiduguri.
According to Dole, the incident occurred during a routine patrol of the area.
“During their regular robust patrols of their Area of Responsibility (AOR) the troops of 195 Battalion in Damboa successfully repelled planned Boko Haram Terrorists’ attack on residents and military camp”.
“In the early hours (0100 hours) of Thursday 9 January 2014, the insurgents attempted to launch attack on Damboa to cause havoc and mayhem. But due to timely information and gallantry displayed by the troops, the attack was repelled and inflicted heavy casualty on the terrorists,” he said.
“While the encounter lasted, Thirty Eight (38) Boko Haram Terrorists were killed and some fled with various degrees of injuries. Three (3) vehicles, one Sienna LE (AE 844 DKW) laden with cylinders and Improvise Explosive Devices, one 911 truck (SA 575 BBU) loaded with 200 bags of food stuff and one Mitsubishi canter truck (XD 441 GG) were recovered. Likewise large cache of assorted arms of high caliber weapons and ammunition comprises of General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), Light Machine Guns (LMG) and two AK 47 rifles were seized.
“However one soldier was killed and two sustained injuries and are receiving medical treatment. Combined ground troops and Nigerian Air Force aircraft are tactically pursuing the fleeing terrorists in the ongoing operation in the general area of Damboa and surrounding villages,” he added.
The Nigerian military has been battling to dislodge the insurgents from Borno and nearby states, leading to the declaration of a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa.