In a strategic tactical manoeuvre, Nigerian troops have eliminated scores of Islamic State of West Africa Province and Boko Haram Terrorists in Marte town, Borno State.
PRNigeria gathered that the ISWAP elements on Friday attempted to invade and massacre soldiers in a military base at Marte.
But the military troops, acting on credible intelligence, tactically withdraw from their base.
They, however, returned, ambushed and neutralised several terrorists who had already invaded their base.
According to intelligence sources, the ground troops and Air Task Force, which prosecuted the operation between 6:30pm and 8pm, destroyed seven gun trucks belonging to the ISWAP insurgents.
This development was confirmed in a statement by Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, acting Director Defence Media Operations.
Onyeuko said: “Troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO in conjunction with the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE have effectively destroyed 7 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists’ gun trucks and decimated several unconfirmed number of the terrorists when they attempted to attack their location at the outskirts of Marte in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State.
“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 the fierce battle that resulted in the successes recorded as indicated above.
“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.”
PRNigeria gathered that the videos of the tactical manoeuvre and aerial bombardments of air task force would soon be released.
The military formation is safe in the hand of the Nigerian troops.