Troops of 26 and 28 Task Force Brigades of the Nigerian Army on Tuesday repelled an early morning attack by Boko Haram insurgents on military locations at Pulka and Bitta on the fringes of Sambisa forest.
A statement by the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, said two of the attackers were killed in Bitta area, while 16 of them were killed in Pulka area.
“Today, troops of 114 Task Force Battalion came under three-pronged attack by Boko Haram terrorists fanning out of Sambisa forest from Damboa, Tokumbere and Pulka axis.
“At the end of the debacle, two Boko Haram insurgents paid for their atrocities with their lives while several others sustained gunshot injuries.
“The fate that befell those that attacked Pulka was more dreadful.
“The ever-ready and vigilant troops rose to the occasion by repelling the attacks and killing all the 16 attackers and captured one of them alive during the exploitation.
“The gallant troops also recovered 11 AK-47 rifles, three General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), one Browning Machine Gun (BMG) and 2 Toyota Hilux vehicles.