Troops of the Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) eliminated a total of 43 Boko Haram/Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists on Wednesday in Diffa, Niger Republic.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, Colonel Muhammad Dole, from N`Djamena, Chad.
Dole explained that the troops tactically lured the criminals to their killing zone, brought heavy fire on them and neutralized scores, while others escaped with serious bullet injuries.
“The troops of Sector 4 Diffa, displayed uncommon acts of gallantry and bravery when their location was attacked by BHT/ISWAP criminals in the early hours of Wednesday.
“At the end of the encounter, a total of 43 dead bodies of BHT/ISWAP insurgents were scattered around the engagement areas.
“One terrorist suspected to be their leader was caught alive and a large cache of arms and ammunition were recovered while four enemy gun trucks were also destroyed.
“Extremely regrettable however, seven gallant MNJTF soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice, while four other soldiers sustained various degree of injuries and are being treated in a military hospital,” he said.
Dole said that the Force Commander, MNJTF, Abdul-Khalifah Ibrahim, a major general, commended the troops for their selfless sacrifice and acts of bravery.
“While praying for the repose of the souls of the deceased soldiers whom he described as martyrs of freedom, Ibrahim condoled with the families of the deceased and wished the wounded soldiers speedy recovery.
“Ibrahim said, despite the ongoing waves of BHT/ISWAP terrorists surrender, MNJTF forces will continue to take the battle to all identified enclaves of the insurgents,” he added.
He further described the attacks “as futile kicks of a dying horse” and charged the soldiers to “brace up, remain alert and deal decisively with remnants of the criminals around the fringes of the Lake Chad region.”