Troops of Sector 5 working beneath Exercise ‘Golden Dawn’ in Enugu, have neutralised three gunmen who attacked a police checkpoint alongside Okija-Onitsha expressway on Thursday.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a press release on Saturday in Abuja.
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Nwachukwu stated the gallant troops engaged and overwhelmed the gunmen with superior firepower, forcing them to flee the scene.
He stated the troops nonetheless pursued and engaged the gunmen in a gun duel, killing three and forcing others to flee.
According to him, the gunmen who have been in two automobiles, a Hilux and Hummer bus, finally succumbed to the troops’ efficient firepower, whereas others fled with gunshot wounds.
“Troops also recovered one vehicle and two motorcycles, while conducting further exploitation of the general area for the fleeing terrorists.
“Unfortunately, a soldier paid the supreme price, in the line of duty, for his country.
“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, commends the troops for the feat and urges them to sustain the momentum against all criminal elements operating in the region.
“The COAS also sympathises with the family of the fallen hero and prays for the repose of his soul.,” he stated.