Troops of Sector 3 of the Operation Hadin Kai and the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have foiled attempt by insurgents to attack Monguno in Borno.
This is contained in a statement by the spokesperson of the sector, Capt. Babatunde Zubairu.
Zubairu said some weapons and logistics were recovered during the Sunday incident.
“Following credible intelligence reports on the activities of terrorists, own troops in conjunction with the Hybrid Forces swiftly and professionally responded to an infiltration attempt by BHT and ISWAP terrorists along the Bakassi Response Area in Monguno town where 2 of the terrorists were neutralized while some fled in total disarray with severe gunshot wounds.
“One AK 47 rifle with 2 loaded magazines were captured along with several items which include mobile phones and 5 newly acquired terrorists motorcycles.
“Similarly, 5 suspected members of the terrorists were apprehended and taken to the Sector Headquarters. However, while conducting preliminary investigations on the suspects, it was discovered that they were not connected with the terrorists but victims that were unfortunately found within the vicinity of the firefight between own troops and members of the terrorists.
“In compliance and adherence to the International Humanitarian Law as well as international best practices on armed conflicts, the troops professionally profiled the suspects and there after handed them over in good health and sound minds to their respective families and authority,” Zubairu said.
He said the Sector Commander, Maj. Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, commended the troops for their gallantry and professionalism in the fight against the insurgents.
Abubakar called for more collaboration and support from host communities for maximum results.
“The Commander Sector 3 OPHK/MNJTF, Major General Abdulsalam Abubakar commended the troops for their professionalism and competence in the fight against the insurgents as well as their tactfulness in handling the suspects. He therefore use the medium to solicit for more collaborations and support from members of the host community while wishing all Nigerian troops a Happy Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration,” the statement concluded.