By Augustine Osayande
The Defence Headquarters on Thursday confirmed that Boko Haram (BHT) /Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) attacked troops’ location in Kukawa town in Borno State.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations,
Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, said the attack was thwarted.
He said 8 BHTs were neutralized and uncomfirmed number escaped with gun shots wounds.
Enenche added that 3 soldiers were fatally wounded and later gave up at the military medical reception station at kukawa military location.
He further stated that two others also sustained injuries and were currently receiving treatment at the military medical station.
It could be recalled that on 29 July, 2020, the Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, flagged off the re-opening of Munguno-Cross Kauwa-Kukawa Road, which was followed almost immediately with the resettlement of some of the displaced people from Kukawa and life was already picking up in the town.
Enenche said the latest attack by the terrorists was a deliberate attempt to reverse the milestone achievements recorded regarding IDPs in the areas of; peace building, reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement efforts by the government.
He said the situation in Kukawa was now calm with troops in full control, adding that the Nigerian Armed Forces assure the general public that there is no going back in its struggle to see to the rebuilding and resettlement efforts for the displaced people.
He said the futile attempt by the terrorists to thwart it only spurred the gallant troops for more decisive action.
Enenche advised people of Kukawa to go about their normal lawful businesses without any hindrance and enjoined them to always avail the troops and other security agencies with credible information about the terrorists and any suspicious persons.