Nigerian troops thwart Boko Haram’s attack on Garkida, Adamawa

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Troops of 232 Battalion of 23 Armoured Brigade under Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed in Garkida, Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State, thwarted a planned criminal attack on the peaceful town on 21 February 2020 by some Boko Haram terrorists

Confirming the report, Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 23 Brigade, Yola, Major Haruna Mohammed Sani, said the terrorists besieged the town in about 7 Gun Trucks and a number of motorcycles setting some buildings ablaze and causing unrest within the community.

“Instinctively, the gallant troops mobilized and intercepted the criminals’ advance and engaged the marauding criminals unleashing high volume of fire leading to the elimination of several of the criminals while others withdrew in disarray, many of them with gunshot wounds as evident in the trails of blood along their withdrawal route,” Sani said

Sani also confirmed that one gallant soldier died in the process while another was wounded.

He said the wounded-in-action soldier had since been evacuated to a military medical facility and was positively responding to treatment.

“Regrettably, one gallant soldier paid the Supreme price while another soldier was wounded in action. The wounded in-action-soldier has since been evacuated to a military medical facility and is positively responding to treatment,” Sani said

He said the Commander 23 Armoured Brigade, Brigadier General Sani Gambo Mohammed visited the gallant troops in Garkida and toured the locations of the attack for an on-the-spot-assessment.

“At the end of his tour, he congratulated the troops on their doggedness, vigilance and uncommon fighting spirit that led to the victory against the enemy.

“He however admonished them to be more vigilant as the criminal elements may plan a reprisal attack due to the casualties they suffered,” Sani said.

He added that the Brigade Commander also solicited the citizens’ continuous cooperation in reporting to security agencies any suspicious persons or movement within and adjourning communities and reassured the good people of Garkida and indeed Adamawa State of the Brigade’s total commitment to protecting life and property within its area of tesponsibility.

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