The troops of the Nigerian Army are involved in a gun battle with the Boko Haram insurgents at Mallam Fatori.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said several of the insurgents were killed in the ongoing operation.
According to him, the troops were able to overpower the insurgents at Mallam Fatori during the operation which also involved the fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force.
Usman said the terrorists left the area and had gathered around the nation’s border with Niger.
He said, “As part of Operation Gama Aiki, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and Multinational Joint Task Force captured Mallam Fatori in northernmost part of Borno State after a fierce battle closely covered by air operations.
“However, the terrorists reinforced around the nation’s border with Niger Republic.
“This was while the troops were consolidating on this success. The troops killed several of the Boko Haram terrorists in the resulting encounter and subsequently had to withdraw to a vantage position. The Operation is continuing.”