The Nigerian army has confirmed the death of one of its personnel in Friday’s counteroffensive against Boko Haram by troops of 232 Battalion of 23 Armoured Brigade under Operation Lafiya Dole in Garkida, Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa.
In a statement released by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations for 23 Brigade Maj. Haruna Sani, the Nigerian army stated that it successfully defended the town which was besieged by the terrorists with about seven Gun Trucks and a number of motorcycles.
The military said it killed many of the Boko Haram terrorists, while others left with gunshot wounds which was evident in the trails of blood along their withdrawal route.
The statement reads in part;
“Gallant troops of 232 Battalion of 23 Armoured Brigade under Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed in Garkida, Gombi LGA of Adamawa State, had thwarted a planned criminal attack on the peaceful town on 21 February 2020 by some criminal Boko Haram Terrorists.
“The terrorists besieged the town in about 7 Gun Trucks and a number of motorcycles, setting some buildings ablaze and causing unrest within the community.
“Instinctively, the gallant troops mobilized and intercepted the criminals’ advance and engaged the marauding criminals unleashing high volume of fire, leading to the elimination of several of the criminals while others withdrew in disarray, many of them with gunshot wounds as evident in the trails of blood along their withdrawal route.
“Regrettably, one gallant soldier paid the supreme price while another soldier was wounded in action. The wounded in action soldier has since been evacuated to a military medical facility and is positively responding to treatment.”
It was further gathered that the Commander 23 Armoured Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Sani Mohammed visited the troops in Garkida and toured the locations of the attack on Saturday, February 22. He congratulated the troops for their doggedness, vigilance and uncommon fighting spirit that led to the victory against the enemy.