The move by a group of terrorists on a mission to penetrate and attack Goniri Community in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State has failed as they were ambushed by troops on patrol who were already alerted of the terrorists intention, the defence headquarters says.
The statement signed by the director of defence information, Maj. Gen, Chris Olukolade, states that troops are still in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists’ elements after the encounter which resulted in some casualties on both parties.
“Rockets and machine guns were freely used by the terrorists who eventually lost over 8 of their fighters with several others wounded. Arms were also captured from the terrorists while others fled. The troops however lost a soldier while an officer was seriously wounded in the encounter”, he said.
Goniri is not far from Buni Yadi where the terrorists killed school children recently.
He added that troops recovered more weapons hidden by terrorists at the borders of Chad and Cameroun.
Olukolade said: “Meanwhile troops operating around Gamboru, Ngala and Dikwa Local Government Area towards the borders of Chad and Cameroun were throughout the weekend busy recovering weapons hidden by terrorists who were dislodged from the area. Assisted by captured terrorists, the troops were led to the sites where arms have been hidden in farms and cemeteries. The cordon and search of the entire area is still in progress.”