By Adebayo Williams
The Nigerian Army lost another soldier in a gun battle with Boko Haram insurgents on Tuesday in Borno. The Insurgents were said to have attacked the troops’ location in Kangarwa and engaging them in a gun battle that lasted for about four hours.
Three soldiers were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries in the encounter. The troops had to request for air support from the Nigerian Air Force to subdue the terrorists. A fighter jet and a surveillance aircraft were immediately deployed to the scene leading to the death of 13 terrorists with others escaping with injuries.
The Nigerian Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, confirming the confrontation in Abuja, said:
“Troops of 119 Task Force Battalion, 8 Division Nigerian Army, deployed at Kangarwa, Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State, yesterday, neutralised 13 Boko Haram terrorists in a counter-attack carried out by the troops.
“Unfortunately, one soldier paid the supreme price during the encounter, while three others were wounded in action. “The offensive, which began at 4p.m., lasted for roughly four hours, necessitating the troops calling for air support.”