The Nigerian Army says that three soldiers and eight others were injured when troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists on Monguno-Mairari-Gajiram axis in Borno State.
Col. Sagir Musa, Army spokesman, said the Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai and other top military officers have visited the area and commiserated with troops.
He explained in a statement that the wounded soldiers have been evacuated to a military hospital for medical attention.
Col. Musa said: “Troops of Sector 3, Operation Lafiya Dole attached to Super Camp Monguno on Friday August 30, while on patrol, dealt a devastating blow on Boko Haram terrorists on Monguno-Mairari-Gajiram axis.
“The patrol team came in contact with the terrorists and engaged them with heavy volume of fire that neutralised countless number while a few escaped with gunshot wounds going by blood trails in the general area.
“The gallant troops also recovered some weapons and equipment from the terrorists.
“Sadly, during the encounter three of our gallant soldiers paid the supreme price while eight other soldiers sustained injuries. The bodies of the fallen heroes and those that sustained injuries have since been evacuated.
“The wounded are being treated and are in stable condition. The highly motivated troops have continued combing the general area with a view to clear remnants of hiding terrorists.
“The Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, along with some principal staff officers from the Army Headquarters, Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole and other commanders, have visited the troops and those wounded in action.”
Similarly, the Nigerian Army had on August 21, foiled attacks by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect on communities in Gubio and Magumeri areas of Borno state.
The insurgents reportedly stormed Gubio in the evening, setting ablaze the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other buildings.
According to the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations at 7 Division, Ado Isa, the insurgents came to loot and during the crossfire, a vigilante was killed.