DAILY FILE – Troops of the Multi-national Joint Task Force (MNJTF) based in Baga, Northern Borno, on Monday foiled an attempt by terrorists of the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP), to ambush and overrun their base.
A statement from Colonel Timothy Antigha, Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, said during the heavy fighting that ensued, the troops killed ten members of the ISWAP attacking terrorists, while one soldier was killed in the encounter.
“Five other soldiers sustained injuries.
“What was meant to be a surprise dawn attack on Multinational Joint Task Force and national troops this morning became a nightmare for the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), as 10 of its terrorists met their waterloo in Baga.
“Specifically, at about 5:30 am (Monday) morning, ISWAP terrorists numbering about 30 infested troops defensive locality.
“However, vigilant troops spotted their approach and promptly thwarted what could have been an audacious assault.
“In the process, 10 terrorists, including 4 suicide bombers were neutralized.
“Others escaped with gunshot wounds, as blood stained tracks were observed.
“Additionally, assorted arms and ammunition were impounded from other terrorists who fled in disarray.
“Unfortunately, a soldier paid the supreme price; while 5 others sustained varying injuries and have been evaluated for medical attention.
“It must be re-emphasized that the MNJTF acting cohesively with national forces will continue to pursue courses of action necessary for the achievement of its mandate in the Lake Chad Basin,” he said.
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