NEWS - Insurgents disguise as aid workers in Borno, Army claims

The Nigerian Army has repelled attack by Boko Haram insurgents who disguised as humanitarian workers at Gudunbali community in Borno.

In a statement on Sunday , Col . Onyema Nwachukwu , the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations , Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed that the insurgents , on December 14 , attempted to infiltrate the community , disguising as humanitarian assistance team .
Nwachukwu said that the insurgents took advantage of the ongoing distribution of relief items in the community and opened fire on troops ’ location.
He revealed that another set of insurgents on mounted gun truck engaged the troops in fierce gun duel, adding that the troops successfully repelled the attack .

Nwachukwu said: “ Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole , located at Gudumbali in northern Borno, on Friday Dec . 14, repelled infiltration attempt by suspected Boko Haram terrorists that disguised as humanitarian assistance team .
“ The terrorists took advantage of the ongoing distribution of relief materials at Gudumbali and opened fire on troops ’ location, which was followed by rapid fire from other terrorists in gun trucks along Gudumbali -Kukawa axis .
“ The troops , however , fought gallantly and out maneuvered the attackers inflicting heavy casualties on them .
“ Unfortunately , a soldier paid the supreme price during the encounter and one other wounded in action, while a Cobra Armoured Personnel Carrier ( APC) and a truck belonging to the unit were damaged . ”
The army spokesperson added that the troops recovered bodies of some of the neutralised terrorists , large quantity of ammunition and 8 Rocket Propelled Grenades ( RPG ) charges .
According to him, the troops have been reinforced and normalcy restored to the area.

(Via Punchng | NAN )

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