Nigerian Defense Headquarters had said that three of its soldiers have been killed and two sustained injuries while the troops neutralised eight Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.
In a statement signed Thursday by Major Gen. John Enenche, Coordinator, Defense Media Operations and titled: ‘Boko Haram/ISWAP futile attempt to scuttle the restlement of Kukawa Community in Borno State’, the DHQ “as part of the Boko Haram (BHT)/Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) elements campaign of terror and destruction, the terrorists on 18 August 2020 attacked troops’ location in Kukawa town in Borno State where the attack was vehemently thwarted.
“During the incident, 8 Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised and uncomfirmed number escaped with gun shots wounds. Unfortunately, 3 soldiers were fatally wounded and later gave up at the military medical reception station at kukawa military location. Two others also sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the military medical station.
The State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum had on 29 July 2020, had flagged off the re-opening of Munguno-Cross Kauwa-Kukawa Road. According to the Defense Headquarters it the resettlement of some of the displaced people from Kukawa and life was already picking up in the town. “The attack by the terrorists was therefore a deliberate attempt to reverse the milestone achievements recorded regarding IDPs in the areas of; peace building, reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement efforts by the government.”
It said the situation in Kukawa is now calm with troops in full control. It assured the general public that there was no going back in its struggle to see to the rebuilding and resettlement efforts for the displaced people. The futile attempt by the terrorists to thwart it only spurred the gallant troops for more decisive action, it added. It therefore enjoined the people of Kukawa to go about their normal lawful businesses without any hindrance. “They are also enjoined to always avail the troops and other security agencies with credible information about the terrorists and any suspicious persons accordingly,” it said.