Troops of Operation Tura Takaibango in conjunction with the Air Task Force Operation Lafiya Dole have repelled an attack by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents at the outskirts of Marte in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State in North-West Nigeria.
ALEDEH News had reported how the terrorists attacked the base of the troops in the early hours of Saturday.
Confirming the attack in a statement later on Saturday, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, said the troops got reliable information about an impending attack, prompting them to lay an ambush for the terrorists.
The army spokesman said the troops effectively destroyed 7 terrorists’ gun trucks and decimated several unconfirmed number of the terrorists.
“The gallant troops, based on reliable information about the attack, had positioned themselves in an ambush site where they tactically withdrew to, and awaited the arrival of the terrorists before they opened fire which led to fierce battle that resulted in the successes recorded as indicated above,” the statement read in part.
It stated that the troops are still engaged in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists for further exploitation.
“Further details of interest to members of the public will be communicated later,” the statement added.