Troops quell Boko Haram terrorists attack on Damboa

Nigerian troops from 25 Task Force Brigade under Operation HADIN KAI in  the North East part of the country on Sunday engaged in fierce fighting with Boko Haram  and Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists in Damboa.

Damboa town  is located in the Southern part of Borno State . The town with a population of 166,000 people  is  the headquarters of Damboa  Local government area  and  a distance of  87 kilometers by road from Maiduguri. 

A statement issued by Director Army Public Relation Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu on Monday confirmed the attack.

He said that troops from 25 Task Force Brigade ,  Operation HADIN KAI quelled the dawn attack on Damboa town in the early hours of Sunday 8 August 21 by Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists. 

“The criminals made a  futile effort to infiltrate  the town, but were met with heavy volume of fire from the vigilant troops, he stated.

“While attempting to infiltrate the town with unconfirmed numbers of foot soldiers and some mounted on motorcycles, the terrorists suffered debilitating gunshot wounds from troops’  fire,  forcing them to beat the retreat in disarray. 

“The troops are currently on the trail of the fleeing terrorists. Unfortunately, in the exchange of fire that ensued, two vehicles belonging to the Civilian Joint Task Force were razed by fire, he added.
General Nwachukwu said the troops of Operation HADIN KAI have been commended for their vigilance and swift response in quelling the attack.

 They are also encouraged not to allow any form of  distraction from the marauding terrorists, whose ranks have suffered enormous depletion in manpower as a result of ongoing air and artillery bombardments.

Law abiding people of North East Nigeria are assured of the Chief of Army Staff’s determination to finally rout the Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province criminals from their hideouts.

 The good people of the North East are also encouraged to continue to avail the troops with actionable information that will enhance the execution of the ongoing Counter Terrorism Counter Insurgency operations in the region, he said.