- Soldiers attacked Boko Haram camps and recover weapons.
- Boko Haram Strikes Again, several soldiers missing in action were reportedly dead and others critically wounded.
Several soldiers missing in action has been reported by the Nigerian army following a fierce battle with Boko Haram militants in Nguro Gongon village in Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria.
The report from the Army also said more than a dozen soldiers were critically wounded in the Thursday, July 21 clashes. According to the army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, the troops first attacked makeshift camps of Boko Haram terrorists on Thursday, while they were on patrol at Guro Gongon village and its surrounding areas to eliminate all the remaining militants from the region.
The troops reportedly recovered several weapons from the camps, but while returning to their base they were ambushed by the militants. Usman did not say how many soldiers were missing.
The colonel and acting director of army public relations, said:
“Today morning, troops on clearance patrol at Guro Gongon village and environs to rout out remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hibernating therein, destroyed the terrorists’ makeshift camps and recovered quite a number of weapons, equipment and foodstuff in the process.”
He reported the recovered items which include 1 Gun truck mounted with an Anti-Aircraft Gun, a MOWAG Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube, 1 Light Machine Gun, 3 AK-47 rifles and motorcycles.
The gallant soldiers, Usman described, were returning to their defensive locations following their successful raid on the terrorists’ hideout. However, they were ambushed by some group of the terrorists who came to reinforce their fleeing comrades.
“The troops resisted the attacks, killing several of the insurgents. Sadly however, 19 soldiers and 3 civilian JTF members were wounded in action while a few others were missing in action.
“The wounded have been evacuated and are responding to treatment, while a search and rescue party comprising of Special Forces personnel has since been dispatched to establish contact with the missing in action troops, some of whom, as at the time of filing this report, have started returning to their defensive location.”
“It is pertinent to state that, no stone would be left unturned until every person involved and soldiers missing in the operation has been accounted for,” Usman assured.