Nigerian troops have successfully repelled a terrorists’ looting invasion in Babbangida Community under Tarmuwa Local Government of Yobe State, Wednesday
Our Source gathered that the terrorists who had invaded the community on Wednesday’s evening ransacked some provision stores and looted food items and medicines before fleeing on the advance of the troops.
It could not be confirmed if the terrorists were ISWAP fighters or Boko Haram members.
A military intelligence officer said that the terrorists abandoned some of their loots and weapons on sighting the advance of the troops.
“We have recovered their truck and abandoned weapon including some of the looted items. They deliberately mined their escape routes with IEDs to deny the troops of hot pursuit,” the officer said.(PRNigeria)
A statement from Headquarters of the Nigerian Army signed by Director Army Public Relations,
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, read;
Troops of Sector 2 Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI have foiled an attempted attack on Babangida town in Yobe State on Wednesday 25 August 2021 by Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists, prowling for logistics replenishment. The criminals made futile effort to infiltrate the town, but were met with a fierce counter attack from the vigilant troops, forcing them to retreat in disarray.
In the counter attack, the gallant troops captured one gun truck, one Dushka Anti Aircraft Gun, two AK 47 rifles and unprimed Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) from the fleeing terrorists. Further exploitation by the troops is still ongoing.
The dogged troops have been commended by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya for their vigilance and swiftness in countering the attack. He also encouraged them to remain focused and avoid any form of distraction from the terrorists, who are desperate to make face saving moves, having suffered enormous depletion in their ranks.
Law-abiding people of Yobe State and North East in general, are assured of the Chief of Army Staff’s determination to finally rout the Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists from their hideouts. They are also encouraged to continue to avail troops with actionable information that would enhance speedy execution of ongoing Counter Terrorism Counter Insurgency operations in the region.