At least 17 Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists have been eliminated in Damasak, Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno state.
Maj.-Gen. Christopher Musa, Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, North East Joint Task Force, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen, on Monday in Maiduguri adding that three other terrorists were arrested alive.
Musa said that the troops also recovered motorcycles and other assorted weapons from the encounter which took place on Sunday.
The commander said that the troops engaged a large number of the terrorists when they attacked a Forward Operational Base located along Walada exit gate, in the town at about 0200hours.
He said that the insurgents met with serious resistance and superior firepower of the gallant troops who engaged them in a heavy gun battle that lasted for hours, forcing the insurgents to withdraw.
Musa explained that the troops, supported by the Air Component of OPHK mounted a hot pursuit and closed up with the terrorists.
While commending them for the great feast, Musa charged the troops to be more decisive and ensure the total annihilation of the insurgents.
Damasak, the main town of the Mobbar Local Government Area, is located near the confluence of the Yobe River and Komadugu Gana River, adjoining the border with Niger.
34 km from Difa in Niger and 3km between Damasak and the border with Niger.