The Nigerian armed forces troops have thwarted an ambush by Boko haram and the Islamic state of west African Province terrorists in fresh pushback.
It was gathered that the troops of the 21 Armored Brigade, Bama, thwarted the ambush during a patrol between Kumshe and the Banki axis of Borno State in the early hours of Tuesday.
A source, confirming the incident, said the soldiers repelled the terrorists after the non-state actors detonated an improvised explosive device and followed it with rapid gunfire.
The Special Forces were said to have repelled the attack, killing 19 insurgents, with no casualties on the side of the military.
“The terrorists detonated an improvised explosive device and followed with continuous gunfire, which was immediately repelled by the gallant troops,” the source said.
He, however, noted that a Hilux vehicle belonging to the military was destroyed, and some soldiers sustained injuries during the encounter, and they’re being treated at the Brigade Headquarters in Bama.