Army Repels Attacks By Insurgents Disguised As Aid Workers

The Nigerian Army has repelled attack by Boko Haram insurgents who disguised as humanitarian workers at Gudunbali community in Borno.

Troops In a statement on Sunday, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed that the insurgents, on Dec. 14, attempted to infiltrate the community, disguising as a humanitarian assistance team.

Nwachukwu said that the insurgents took advantage of the ongoing distribution of relief items in the community and opened fire on troops’ location.

 He revealed that another set of insurgents gun truck engaged the troops in assistance team fierce gun duel, adding that the troops successfully repelled the attack.

Nwachukwu said: “Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, located at Gudumbali in northern Borno, on Friday, Dec. 14, repelled infiltration attempt by suspected Boko Haram terrorists that disguised as humanitarian assistance team.

 “The terrorists took advantage of the ongoing distribution of relief materials at Gudumbali and opened fire on troops’location, which was followed by rapid fire from other terrorists in gun trucks along Gudumbali-Kukawa axis.

 “The troops, however, fought gallantly and outmaneuvered the attackers inflicting heavy casualties on them. “Unfortunately, a soldier paid the supreme price during the encounter and one other wounded inaction, while a Cobra Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and a truck belonging tothe unit were damaged.”

The army spokesperson added that the troops recovered bodies of some of the neutralised terrorists, large quantity of ammunition and 8 Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG)charges. According to him, the troops have been reinforced and normalcyrestored to the area. (NAN)

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