Nigeria’s troops have a foiled a planned Boko Haram attack on an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in the northeastern town of Dikwa, previously targeted by the insurgents, resulting in the death of 26 suspected members of the dreaded sect.
The IDP camp with a population of over 40,000 refugees has been under constant attack by the insurgents in recent times and the latest attack which took place on Wednesday also lead to the death of a soldier, civilian JTF and some IDP camp members.
Read the statement from army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman below:
“From all indications, the terrorists aimed at causing havoc at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp located at Dikwa.”
He said security forces “decisively dealt with the terrorists”, killing 26 of the Islamist fighters and seizing weapons and ammunition.
One soldier and a local vigilante assisting the military in the fight against Boko Haram were killed, he said.
Usman said three soldiers and four IDPs were injured in the encounter, adding that anti-aircraft guns, assault rifles and explosives were among the weaponry recovered.
“The casualties have since been evacuated while the troops have been pursuing those terrorists that escaped with gunshot wounds,” he said.
It can be recalled that on February 9, two female suicide bombers attacked the IDP camp in Dikwa, killing at least 58 people.
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