Nigerian Army troops on clearance patrol at Guro Gongon village and environs have destroyed boko haram makeshift camps and recovered quite a number of weapons, equipment and foodstuff in the process.
In a statement, the Army Spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said “the recovered items include 1 Gun truck mounted with an Anti-Aircraft Gun, a MOWAG Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube, 1 Light Machine Gun, 3 AK-47 rifles and motorcycles”.
“However, the gallant soldiers basking in the recorded success, returning to their defensive locations, ran into an ambush by a group of boko haram terrorists who came to reinforce their fleeing comrades”.
He added that the troops fought back gallantly killing several of the insurgents.
“19 soldiers and 3 civilian JTF members were wounded in action while a few others were missing in action. The wounded have been evacuated and are responding to treatment”.
“A search and rescue party comprising of Special Forces personnel has since been dispatched to establish contact with the missing in action troops, some of whom, have started returning to their defensive location”.
The Army vowed to leave nothing to chance in ensuring that every person involved in the operation has been accounted for.