The Multi-national Joint Task Force (MNJTF) operating at the fringes of Lake Chad Region has confirmed 42 Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters were killed after a gun duel in Baroua on Wednesday while seven soldiers were lost as well.
In a statement by the Chief of Military Public Information of the MNJTF, Ndjamena, Colonel Muhammad Dole, said the troops of (MNJTF) Sector 4 Diffa in the Niger Republic displayed uncommon acts of gallantry and bravery when their their location was attacked.
“Troops of the Sector deployed in Baroua came under heavy attack by suspected BHT/ISWAP criminals in the small hours of Wednesday 25 August 2021.
“The troops tactically canalized the criminals to their effective killing zone, brought heavy fire on them and neutralized scores of the terrorists, while others escaped with various degree of injuries.
“At the end of the encounter, a total of 43 dead bodies of BHT/ISWAP insurgents were scattered around the engagement areas.
“One terrorist suspected to be their leader was caught alive and large cache of arms, ammunitions were recovered and four enemy gun trucks were destroyed.
“Extremely regrettably, however, seven gallant MNJTF soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice, while four other soldiers sustained varying degrees of injuries and are being treated in a military hospital,” the statement said.