The Nigerian military in its 'Operation No Mercy' offensive, has continued to sustain the successful onslaught against Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, with many of them reported to have been killed in an ambush near Maiduguri, capital of Borno State.
According to the statement from the Defence Headquarters blog, a very large number of terrorists met their waterloo after falling into an ambush laid for them by Nigerian troops between Maiduguri and Damboa, Borno State on Friday.
However, responding to THISDAY the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade could not confirm the number of the terrorists who died in the encounter.
Olukolade however said that the Boko Haram members killed in the ambush "are quite large in number.
"Yes, I can confirm that the incident took place but the exact casualty figures are still being ascertained".
According to DHQ, the clash followed the troops’ move to stop the terrorists who were in the process of attacking the electricity engineers who were working to restore power to parts of Borno State.
The statement further read: "A large number of the terrorists died in the process while their improvised explosive devise (IED) laden Hilux truck vehicle was destroyed.
"During the encounter, the troops also captured a Hilux vehicle earlier stolen by the terrorists from the Borno State Ministry of Education, which they have repainted and mounted with an ant-aircraft gun".