Troops repel attack, eliminate scores of terrorists/bandits in Sokoto — Official

Troops Operation Hadarin Daji, in conjunction with other security agencies have eliminated Islamic States for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists and bandits in Sokoto State.

Defence Headquarters said on Monday in Abuja.

This contained in a statement issued by the Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Benjamin Sawyer.

He said the terrorists were eliminated during a foiled attack on the Forward Operation Base (FOB) at Burkusuma, a remote border settlement with Niger Republic in Sabon Birni Local Government Area Sokoto State.

“The troops the FOB as witnessed in recent months in the North West region, had been a thorn in the flesh ISWAP terrorists and bandits.”

Sawyer stated that the attackers who came in large numbers using telecom network provided from neighboring country, capitalised on the lean rear area protection force.

“This was when the main troops were out conducting offensive within their area responsibility.’’

He disclosed that, the troops recorded an undisclosed number casualties during the encounter.

“However, the swift reinforcement by own troops helped to counter the attack as many the ISWAP fighters were eliminated, while some scrambled with various degrees injuries.

“Troops are currently in hot pursuit the criminals to Bassira in Niger Republic,” he said.

Meanwhile, Nigerian and Nigerien forces in a collaborative operation are currently trailing the remaining ISWAP fighters.

“General security within the FOB and its environs has been stabilised,” he said. (NAN)