Yesterday evening remnants of Boko Haram terrorists attacked Nigerian troops at Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.
The terrorists came with improvised explosive devices, anti-aircraft guns and other weapons at about 5:00 p.m. local time and the exchange of fire lasted for some hours before they were overwhelmed by the troops firepower.
Unfortunately, one of the terrorists was a suicide bomber, he detonated himself at a gun truck killing the driver and the gunner. The truck and the mounted weapon were also damaged beyond repair. In addition two soldiers were wounded in action while three others sustained minor injuries.
The troops killed 7 of the attackers instantly while quite a number escaped with gun shot wounds. During clearance operations this morning, the troops discovered 9 more Boko Haram terrorists dead bodies in the surrounding areas. Therefore the total number of terrorists killed, according to the military stands at 16.
The troops also recovered a general purpose machine gun, rocket propelled grenade, ammunition and captured 2 of the terrorists alive.
The bodies of the 2 fallen heroes and the wounded in action soldiers have been evacuated to Maiduguri, while reinforcement was sent from Gomboru Ngala.
In a related development, troops have also discovered and safely detonated 2 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted along Gomboru-Rann road. It is believed that the IEDs were planted yesterday to prevent troops reinforcement to Rann while the attack lasted.
The commanding officer of 3 Battalion has visited the troops and held durbar (official reception) with them. He commended them for their doggedness during the attack and also urged them not to lower their guard.
Despite the incident, troop morale remains very high and they have continued with their clearance operations.