Troops of the Nigerian Military on Tuesday inflicted heavy casualties on Boko Haram terrorists in Rann local government area of Borno State.
It was gathered that the terrorists had attempted to attack the military base through an ambush attack but met superior tactics and firepower which resulted in the killing of several of them and the destruction of their gun trucks.
Naija News understands not fewer than 19 terrorists were killed during the fierce gun battle with the soldiers while gun trucks and other items belonging to the insurgents were also destroyed.
Details of the encounter made available in a statement by PR Nigeria who quoted a source has it that the terrorists stormed Rann around 6pm on eight gun trucks and several motorbikes, and attempted to attack the troops of 3 Brigade at their military base.
After what appeared like an ambush attack from the Boko Haram fighters on the military base, the troops reportedly staged a tactical withdrawal from their base, only to launch a massive aerial and ground counter-attack against the terrorists, who fled.
“However, the Air Task Force (ATF), in support of the ground troops, successfully forced the terrorists to flee the military base and pursued some of them to their hideouts, were military snipers engaged them in an ambush.
“During the attack, five gun trucks belonging to the Boko Haram terrorists were destroyed, including the occupants.
“Many terrorists were eliminated during the air interdiction and ground attacks executed by troops. At least 19 battered bodies of Boko Haram fighters littered the scene, with the destroyed guntrucks, apart from others in the bush,” the source said.
In another development, troops yesterday also foiled another Boko Haram attack on residents of Geidam town in Yobe State.
However, it was learnt that two personnel of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) went missing after a ‘terrifying’ gun duel against Boko Haram by soldiers of 159 Task Force Brigade.
“After foiling the attack, troops pursued the criminals who fled into the bush, before we learnt that two Customs officers were missing,” said a military source.