THE Nigerian Defence Headquarters on Thursday said three Nigerian soldiers died after sustaining injuries during an attack on troops’ location in Kukawa town in Borno State on Tuesday by oko Haram (BHT)/Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) fighters.
John Enenche, a Major General and Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday. said the attack was thwarted.
He stated that eight terrorists were neutralized while uncomfirmed number of them escaped with gun shots wounds.
While regretting that three soldiers who were fatally wounded later gave up the ghost at the military medical reception station at kukawa military location, Enenche said two others also sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the military medical station.
” It could be recalled 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,” Enenche said.
“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 the government.”
According to him, the situation in Kukawa is now calm with troops in full control.
“The Nigerian Armed Forces wishes to assure the general public that there is no going back in its struggle to see to the rebuilding and resettlement efforts for the displaced people. The futile attempt by the terrorists to thwart it only spurred the gallant troops for more decisive action.”
“The people of Kukawa are therefore advised to go about their normal lawful businesses without any hindrance. They are also enjoined to always avail the troops and other security agencies with credible information about the terrorists and any suspicious persons accordingly.”