The Nigerian military says its troops located at Gudumbali in northern Borno state have repelled an infiltration by boko haram terrorists that came disguised as civilian internally displaced persons and inserted themselves in the community.
The terrorists took advantage of the on going distribution of relief materials by the Nigerian army at Gudumbali and opened fire on troops location which was followed by rapid fire from other terrorists in gun trucks along Gudumbali-Kukawa axis.
Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement that the trucks conveying the relief materials were set ablaze. However, the troops however fought back and outmanoeuvred the attackers and inflicted heavy casualties on them.
One soldier died in the encounter. A cobra armoured personnel carrier and a truck belonging to the unit were also damaged.
The bodies of some of the neutralised terrorists have been recovered, along with large quantity of ammunition and 8 rocket propelled grenades charges.
The troops have since been reinforced and normalcy has been brought to the general area.