The Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHq) says military troops had successfully thwarted an attempt by the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists to scuttle the resettlement of Kukawa community in Borno on Tuesday.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, who on Thursday said the troops eliminated eight terrorists while several others escaped with gunshot wounds during the encounter.
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Enenche also revealed that three soldiers were killed in the attack while two others sustained various degrees of injuries.
The DHq media coordinator added that the wounded soldiers were currently receiving treatment at the military medical station.
Recalling that Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum had flagged off the re-opening of Munguno-Cross Kauwa-Kukawa Road, followed almost immediately with the resettlement of some of the displaced people from Kukawa, Enenche said: “life was already picking up in the town.
“The attack by the terrorists was, therefore, a deliberate attempt to reverse the milestone achievements recorded regarding IDPs in the areas of peacebuilding, reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement efforts by the government.
“The situation in Kukawa is now calm with troops in full control“, the General said.
While reiterating the commitment of the military, Enenche assured that the Nigerian Armed Forces would ensure the success of its struggle to see to the rebuilding and resettlement of the displaced people.
He noted that the futile attempt by the terrorists to thwart it only spurred the gallant troops to more decisive action.
Advising the people of Kukawa to go about their normal lawful businesses without any hindrance, General Eneche said:
“They are also enjoined to always avail the troops and other security agencies with credible information about the terrorists and any suspicious persons accordingly”.