Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province terrorists, amid reviews of surrendering to the army, have sprung a shock assault on the situation of the troops of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) comprising Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
The terrorists attacked MNJTF troops of Sector 4, Diffa in Niger Republic, killing seven troopers.
A complete of 43 insurgents have been additionally killed through the fierce battle.
An announcement from Colonel Muhammad Dole, Chief of Military Public Information, HQ MNJTF N`Djamena Chad on Wednesday, stated the troops displayed unusual acts of gallantry and bravado when their location was attacked.
Troops of the sector deployed in Baroua got here beneath heavy assault by suspected BHT/ISWAP criminals within the small hours of Wednesday, 25 August 2021.
“The troops tactically canalized the criminals to their effective killing zone, brought heavy fire on them, and neutralized scores of the terrorists, while others escaped with various degrees of injuries.
“One terrorist suspected to be their leader was caught alive and a large cache of arms and ammunition were recovered and four enemy gun trucks were destroyed,” the assertion stated.
The assertion additionally stated, regrettably seven gallant MNJTF troopers paid the supreme sacrifice, whereas 4 different troopers sustained various levels of accidents and are being handled in a army hospital.
“Coincidently, the Force Commander (FC), MNJTF, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim was in HQ Sector 4 Diffa on 25 August 2021 on the final leg of his familiarization/operational visit to the sectors.
“General Ibrahim commended the selfless sacrifice and act of gallantry, as demonstrated by the troops,” the assertion added.
While praying for the repose of the souls of the deceased troopers whom he described as martyrs of freedom, the Force Commander additionally condoled the household of the deceased and needs the wounded troopers speedy restoration.
While addressing the troops on the frontline location of Sector 4, alongside the Commander Sector 4, MNJTF, Col Mamane Sani Kiaou, General Ibrahim stated, regardless of the continued waves of BHT/ISWAP terrorists give up, MNJTF forces will proceed to take the battle to all recognized enclaves of the insurgents.
He described these assaults as futile kicks of a dying horse.
He additional charged them to brace up, stay alert and deal decisively with remnants of the criminals across the fringes of the Lake Chad area.