20 August 2020 by IFEANYI OSITA
The Armed Forces says troops have thwarted attack by Boko Haram terrorists killing eight of the members.
This is contained in a statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche in Abuja.
The statement explains that as part of the Boko Haram (BHT)/Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) elements campaign of terror and destruction, the terrorists on 18 August 2020 attacked troops’ location in Kukawa town, Borno State where the attack was vehemently thwarted.
According to the statement, during the incident, eight BHTs were eliminated while an uncomfirmed number escaped with gun shots wounds.
The statement notes that unfortunately, three soldiers were fatally wounded and later gave up at the military medical reception station at kukawa military location while two others also sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the military medical station.
The statement recalls that on 29 July 2020, the Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum flagged off the re-opening of Munguno-Cross Kauwa-Kukawa Road which was followed almost immediately with the resettlement of some of the displaced people from Kukawa and life was already picking up in the town.
It states that the attack by the terrorists was therefore a deliberate attempt to reverse the milestone achievements recorded regarding IDPs in the areas of; peace building, reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement efforts by government.
The statement adds that the situation in Kukawa is now calm with troops in full control.
The statement further adds that the Nigerian Armed Forces assures the public that there is no going back in its struggle to see to the rebuilding and resettlement efforts for displaced people.
The futile attempt by the terrorists to thwart it only spurred the gallant troops for more decisive action.
The Military High Command advises people of Kukawa to go about their normal lawful businesses without any hindrances and also enjoins them to always avail the troops and other security agencies with credible information about the terrorists and any suspicious persons.