Troops of Multi National Joint Task Force (CJTF) in the border town of Diffa in Niger Republic have eliminated 43 terrorists and recovered cache of arms.
A statement on Thursday in Maiduguri by Col.Muhammad Dole,
Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, said the encounter occurred in the Lake Chad region.
“The troops of Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) Sector 4 Diffa in Niger Republic displayed uncommon acts of gallantry and bravery when their location was attacked.
“Troops of the Sector deployed in Baroua came under heavy attack by suspected BHT/ISWAP criminals in the small hours of Wednesday 25 August 2021.
“The troops tactically canalized the criminals to their effective killing zone, brought heavy fire on them and neutralized scores of the terrorists, while others escaped with various degree of injuries.
“At the end of the encounter, a total of Forty-Three (43) dead bodies of BHT/ISWAP insurgents were scattered around the engagement areas.
“One terrorist suspected to be their leader was caught alive and large cache of arms, ammunitions were recovered and four enemy gun trucks were destroyed,” Dole said.
He explained that seven soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice, while four other soldiers sustained varying degrees of injuries and are being treated in a military hospital.
According to Dole, the encounter coincided with the newly appointed Force Commander of the MNJTF, Maj. Gen. Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim. familialization/operational visit to Diffa.
In his address to the troops in Diffa alongside thier Commander, Col. Maimane Sani, Ibrahim said, despite the ongoing waves of BHT/ISWAP terrorists surrender, troops would continue to take the battle to all identified enclaves of the insurgents.
Ibrahim charged them to brace up and remain alert in sustaining the onslaught on remnants of the criminals around the fringes of the Lake Chad region.