From Elohor Igbru
Nigerian Military forces this evening battled sects of the terrorist groups Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province ( ISWAP) in Malam Fatori, Abadam Local Government Area of Borno state. The terrorists had attacked the town following plans by the state governor, Babagana Zulum to relocate over 1000 refugees back there from Niger Republic.
Malam Fatori has remained uninhibited since 2017 when Boko Haram sect killed war hero Lt. Col Abu Ali and eight of his men in a daybreak attack on their positions.
Governor Zulum had however vowed to ensure the return of the town’s residents this year, in a show of defiance to the terrorists who had vowed never to let it happen. The town has since been like an occupied territory with detachment of army, Department of State Services (DSS) and other security units maintaining posts there.
Meanwhile, it was sad news for the Nigerian Army as it lost seven of its personnel including two officers to an attack by ISWAP in Rann, Borno State. According to sources, the terrorists came in several gun trucks and opened fire on the army position.
However, the military was able to overpower the insurgents , killing 24 of them while several reportedly went away with injuries.
Military sources said: “”The terrorists could not subdue the gallant troops, during the crossfire. At the last count this morning, we recovered 24 of their dead bodies killed in the gun battle, while the rest fled with injuries. We also recovered huge sophisticated weapons apart from their gun trucks that were completely destroyed by airstrikes.”