News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

Army, Boko Haram clash again, 17 die

Nigerian soldiers in another clash with Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army on Thursday said its men  killed 15 Boko Haram insurgents in a fierce battle between its troops and Boko Haram terrorists in Abadam village, Borno.

In a statement issued by Col. Sani Usman, acting Director Army Public Relations in Abuja, the army, however said it lost two soldiers during the fight.

Usman said the terrorists  attacked  troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and Multinational Task Force at about 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, which lasted for two hours.

He said while many of the insurgents escaped with gunshot wounds, four soldiers also sustained injuries.

“The bodies of our late colleagues and the wounded have since been evacuated.

“The troops have continued mop up and clearance operations of the remnants of the terrorists.

“They have also  intensified vigilance and high level of alertness,” he said.

Usman said items recovered from the terrorists include a gun truck, one 60mm Mortar tube, seven 60mm mortar bomb, a General Purpose Machine (GPMG), three damaged AK 47 Rifle and four bandoliers of anti-aircraft rounds of ammunition.

On 21 September, Nigerian  army also reported an offensive to push Boko Haram militants out of the remote northeast town of Malam Fatori, near the border with Niger.

The military said it  killed several militants in the fierce encounter near Lake Chad but Boko Haram had called in reinforcements.

“The operation is continuing,” said army spokesman Sani Usman.

But Islamic State, to whom Boko Haram pledged loyalty last year, said militants had attacked an army convoy in the area on Monday and killed 40 troops.

The statement was published on ISIS  affiliated news agency Amaq. It was  picked up by SITE which monitors jihadist announcements.