Many feared dead as Nigerian troops, Boko Haram battle in Borno

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Soldiers
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Soldiers

At least 15 Boko Haram fighters were killed in Borno on Friday as Nigerian troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and Boko Haram terrorists engaged in prolonged fierce battle in Borno State.

Military insiders told PREMIUM TIMES the battle ensued at 6 a.m this morning and did not end until after 9 a.m.

Our sources said the battle began when fighters of the terror group launched a surprise attack on troops location in Rann, in northern Borno, shooting sporadically.

Troops from 3 Battalion and 112 Task Force Battalion are stationed in the area, our sources said.

The soldiers responded promptly, killing an unknown number of the terrorists, and wounding several others.

The battle raged for over two hours, and when the dust settled, several terrorists were found dead.

One of our sources said more than 15 of the Boko Haram fighters were killed in action.

Another said the figure was much higher, saying many other terrorists escaped from the scene with gunshot wounds.

Both sources however said four Nigerian soldiers were wounded in action, adding that authorities had since contacted the nearby 22 Brigade to send air ambulance to evacuate a critically injured soldier.

Our sources gave arms and ammunition recovered from the terrorists to include two AK47 rifles, four FN rifles, one M21 rifle, 110 X 7.62MM NATO ammunition, 20 X 7.62MM special,, 40 X M21 rounds, 4 X FN extra magazine and two locally made explosives.

Friday’s battle is the first since the military overpowered and chased the Boko Haram sect from the dreaded Sambisa Forest, a fortress from where the group launched attacks on Nigeria for years.

It also came a day after the leader of the terror sect, Abubakar Shekau, appeared in a new video, claiming his group had not been defeated.

The Army immediately shot back, saying the video by Mr. Shekau was a piece of propaganda that should be disregarded.


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  • Noble

    God bless our gallant soldiers. May victory continue to be on your side. Praise be to God.

    • Oskirin

      amen my broda.i know ds is d kind of tactics dey wil use.our gallant sojas need to shine dere eyes n trust no one.

  • Rommel

    Enemies of Nigeria both within and without will meet a terrible fate,more grease to the elbows of our soldiers and God bless Nigeria

    • Otile

      Death to government propagandists.

  • alamdeen

    May God be with Nigeria Army

  • Stop RAPE on Niger Delta

    There is massive poverty in the Niger Delta. There is nothing to show for the wealth of the region as monies from the region are used to develop Abuja and the rest of the country. The only benefit the oil producing and resource owners – Biafra and Niger Delta regions benefit from Nigeria are :
    – Pollution
    – Neglect
    – Violence
    – Military Occupation
    – Wanton arrest of its citizens
    – Harassment
    – Sponsored propaganda to defame
    – Bypass in political appointments
    – Hate, hate and more hate
    – Etc etc, etc

    …yet, the parasitic regions (Vultures) that feast on the resources of the Niger Delta want it to remain part of Nigeria even as they care not about the many artificial problems that oil exploration has brought to the people –Health issues / Diseases arising from toxic pollutants. Buhari never borrowed to clean up the Niger Delta or rehabilitate the displaced farmers and fishermen. But he borrows to resettle those reportedly displaced by Islamic terrorists – a people (Terrorists) he claims must not be killed.

    SECESSION is the only way for the Niger Delta and Biafran regions if they must achieve their potentials. … those of us who do not want to be associated with Nigeria in any way should be left alone to live our dreams in our own country where bills will not have to be ratified based on consonance with Sharia and Islamic laws.

    • sammyctu ode

      All these your rantings are just pure sentimental. Until the ND people look inwards to challenge your corrupt insensitive evil leaders who have been cornering all the monies for development of the zone you guys won’t have respite. 20 yrs ago the building of the NDDC headquarters started but yet to be completed in 2016 yet it’s your people who are in charge. Where did all the money go? Various intervention funds went to your zone where did the trillions go? Jonathan spent six years plus as president where we’re all the trillions he gave you guys for development? Ibori stole trillions of delta money are you not still celebrating a rouge /thief now? Your militant terrorists keep destroying oil infrastructure despite the fact that everybody told them to stop yet you are talking of pollution. The IONs have paid billions of compensations for one thing or the other for decades but what did you guys do? You guys shared the money which all went into private pockets instead of using them for development. My friend for us who have worked in the ND zone for years and know how you people behave we can’t pity your sentimental rantings cos it’s you people that are wasting all your resources. Yes I agree that initially the IOCs and FG made mistakes but when they were correcting them you guys decided to behave like vultures pocketing all your resources to individual pockets. ND people stop behaving like slaves and start attacking/challenging your leaders now. It’s time for you guys stop eating under the table now.

      • porpy

        imagine talk, if you were to be president of a nation, so you will encourage money to be shared with leaders of a community, for development of there community, i laugh your type so much… the government are to make provisions and also implement any infrastructural development in any region, what are the use of our graduate? when a zoologist becomes a bank manager without no idea of economics, accounting… until the right people are appointed for the nations development, Nigeria as an entity cannot thrive, with the same selfish people, you preached diversification to boost our economy, yet, you went ahead to approve oil exploration in the north east chad basins…. i pray someday soon, God in is infinite mercy will offer us a leader who has got Nigeria at heart, and not just a figure head with rigid decisions and no economy foresight….

    • Odus

      Charity begins at home so they say. Check with your so called leader first. Start with Ebori and keep the rest of us posted of your findings. You will be shocked of your findings!!!

  • Abimbola

    Well done gallant soldiers. FG should spend more on bullet proof vest and other protective equipments to minimize casualties on our troops. Air surveillance should be intensified.

  • Epsilon_Delta

    Huge embarrassment for Mr. upright! After having orgasms about boko haram defeat, they are hitting “hard targets”!

    • Doffi Atoshi

      Your reasoning is as shallow as a cockroach!

      • Toujours Nice

        please professor doffi atoshi dont mind Epslon because he cannot differentiate between soft target and hard targets. in his little mind he does not know that bokoharam attack on army base is soft target attack.

        • Höly Wähala

          Then, what is a hard target, Mr. Military Strategist? Attacking an Army formation is as brazen and hard as it goes especially coming barely hours after Shekau claimed the battle continues… this is propaganda war from both sides, without independent verification of either side’s claim, Nigerians must remain neutral and unbiased.

          • okenwa

            I cannot remain neutral, i support boko haram so far they dont kill civilians but the soldiers.

      • Ken

        Shameful declaration of victory. Imagine this Nigeria military. To all of you who prefers us accepting liars from Buhari and his military. Pls gave a rethink. HAPPY NEW YR.

  • Toujours Nice

    soft target attack

    • cajaegbu

      How can an attack on an army base in a war zone be described as a “soft target attack”?

      • Toujours Nice

        you are not a patriotic nigerian

        • okenwa

          Because he ask a good question abi.

    • Damianesque

      Your sarcasm is pointless. Still, our soldiers are doing a wonderful job- soft target or hard target or Biafra target don’t mean jack- WE KILL THEM ALL!

      • Toujours Nice

        lol, Biafra target

        • Damianesque

          That’s why the Nnamdiot monkey in Kuje will only get a secret trial- NO justice for the IPOB ANIMAL. #We Say YES TO SECRET trial.

          • John Okolie


        • cajaegbu

          Patriotic Nigerian, indeed!

      • Iskacountryman

        biafrans only lasted 3 years…no, 2years 7 months and they are still crying from the shellacking…

  • Marcus Ijele

    You can not say that a man who has the potentials to launch a surprise attack on you has been defeated and calling his claim that you have not defeated him a propaganda.

    • Iskacountryman

      true talk…the present generation ofmilitary tacticians are a disgrace to any military worldwide….the first law of business…respect you enemy…

      • okenwa


  • Iskacountryman

    fayose was right…enough of these boko haram distractions…and too many declarations of defeat…

  • Deansmart

    They just want to keep relevance but they are done with ,they are just like headless chicken that is still running around after been slaughtered

  • dami

    they need to cut the head of the snake…

  • thusspokez

    At least 15 Boko Haram fighters were killed in Borno on Friday as Nigerian troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and Boko Haram terrorists engaged in prolonged fierce battle in Borno State

    [Premiumtimesng News report: 1 day ago]
    “EXCLUSIVE (VIDEO): Governor Shettima berates soldiers for denying freed Chibok girls access to parents”

    Could some journalist ask Governor Shettima for comment on this boko haram latest attack in his state?

  • Ejima Mary

    But buhari said there’s no more bokoharam in Nigeria

    • okenwa

      Confusionist confusing everybody.

    • Musbau Hamzat

      No he did not said no more Boko Haram. They were dislodged of their strong hold and member flew away that is why they caution everybody to be vigilant and report any group noticed with unlawful activities and they do not have permanent place to operate for now.

  • Kudos to the gallant men of our army. May we be ever victorious.