Mainok: Army Confirms Death Of Officer, 6 Soldiers

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The Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of 6 soldiers and an in a counterinsurgency operation in Mainok, Borno State on Sunday, noting that five other soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries and have been evacuated to the military medical facility for treatment.
Recall that some soldiers were said to have been killed in an airstrike launched by the Nigerian Air Force, a report the force said it will investigate to confirm if true.Mainok: Army Confirms Death Of Officer, 6 Soldiers
In a statement he released today, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, explained that the security personnel were attacked by insurgents who mounted an unconfirmed number of gun trucks, and foot soldiers with the possible intent of establishing a phantom caliphate in Mainok town.
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During a duel between the troops and the insurgents, the soldiers were said to have lured a number of the terrorists into a killing zone within their camp. Thereafter, the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole scrambled Alpha jets and helicopter gunboats which took turns to decimate the trapped terrorists, leading to the killing of scores of Boko Haram terrorists.Mainok: Army Confirms Death Of Officer, 6 Soldiers“MAINOK: COAS APPLAUDS TROOPS OF OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE FOR THEIR RESILIENCE AND DOGGEDNESS On Sunday 25 April 2021, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Mainok, Borno State, came under multi-directional attacks by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists mounted on an unconfirmed number of Gun Trucks as well as foot soldiers with the possible intent of establishing a phantom caliphate in the town. The terrorists were held by the gallant troops of 156 Task Force Battalion until the arrival of reinforcement teams from 7 Division, Special Army Super Camp Ngamdu and Army Super Camp 4, Benesheik”, the statement added.
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“During the firefight which lasted several hours, the gallant troops tactically lured a number of the terrorists into a killing zone within their camp where the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole scrambled Alpha jets and helicopter gunboats which took turns in decimating the already trapped terrorists. In the aftermath of the encounter, scores of Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised with their body parts littering the area and a number of their gun trucks destroyed.”Mainok: Army Confirms Death Of Officer, 6 Soldiers
“Regrettably, one gallant Officer and six soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice while 5 other soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries. The wounded soldiers have already been evacuated to the military medical facility for treatment. Currently, troops are in full control of Mainok and environ as exploitation for fleeing terrorists is ongoing.”
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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru has applauded troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their resilience, commitment, and doggedness and further reassured Nigerians of the Army’s unalloyed commitment to defeating Boko Haram/SWAP terrorists while urging citizens to always avail the troops with accurate and timely information for prompt action. MOHAMMED YERIMA Brigadier General Director, Army Public Relations”, the statement added.
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