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In tactical maneuver, Nigerian troops foil ISWAP’s attempt to take-over Marte military base

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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In a tactical maneuver, Nigerian troops have foiled an ambush planned by the Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, and Boko Haram terrorists at Marte Military Base in Borno State.

PRNigeria gathered that the ISWAP elements, on Friday, attempted to invade and ‘massacre’ soldiers in the military base but the military, acting on credible intelligence, tactically withdrew from their base.

They, however, returned and ambushed the terrorists, killing scores of them who had already invaded their base.

According to intelligence sources, the ground troops and Air Task Force, which prosecuted the operation between 6:30 and 8:00pm, destroyed seven gun trucks belonging to the ISWAP insurgents.

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This development is confirmed in a press release signed by Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, acting Director Defence Media Operations.

The official read thus: “Troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO in conjunction with the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE have effectively destroyed 7 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists’ gun trucks and decimated several unconfirmed number of the terrorists when they attempted to attack their location at the outskirts of Marte in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State.

“The gallant troops, based on reliable information about the attack, had positioned themselves in an ambush site where they tactically withdrew to, and awaited the arrival of the terrorists before they opened fire which led to the fierce battle that resulted in the successes recorded as indicated above.

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“The troops are still engaged in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists for further exploitation. Further details of interest to members of the public will be communicated later.”

PRNigeria gathered that the videos of the tactical manoeuvre and aerial bombardments of air task force would soon be released. The military formation is safe in the hand of the Nigerian troops.

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