Troops repels attack in Mainok, kill scores, lose officer, 6 soldiers

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) deployed in Mainok, state, with from air component of OPLD have successfully repelled attacks by /ISWAP terrorists on Sunday, killing many in the process.

A statement by Director, Army Public Relations Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima on Monday however, said one officer and six were while 5 other sustained various degrees of injuries.

The statement reads in part: “On Sunday 25 April 2021, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Mainok, State, came under multi-directional attacks by /ISWAP terrorists mounted on unconfirmed number of Gun Trucks as well as foot with possible intent of establishing a phantom caliphate in the town.  The terrorists were held by the gallant troops of 156 Battalion until the arrival of reinforcement teams from 7 Division, Special Army Super Camp Ngamdu and Army Super Camp 4, Benesheik. 

“During the fire fight which lasted several hours, the gallant troops tactically lured a number of the terrorists into a killing zone within their camp where the Air of Operation Lafiya Dole scrambled Alpha jets and helicopter gunship which took turns in decimating the already trapped terrorists. In the aftermath of the encounter, scores of were neutralized with their body part littering the area and a number of their gun trucks destroyed.

“Regrettably, one gallant Officer and six paid the supreme sacrifice while 5 other sustained various degrees of injuries. The wounded have already been evacuated to the military medical facility for . Currently, troops are in full control of Mainok and environ as exploitation for fleeing terrorists is ongoing. 

“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru has applauded troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their resilience, commitment and doggedness and further reassured Nigerians of the Army’s unalloyed commitment to defeating /SWAP terrorists while urging citizens to always avail the troops with accurate and timely information for prompt action. “

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