Insurgents belonging to the Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP carried out Tuesday’s attack on Kukawa, a community in Borno state, Northeast Nigeria.
Coordinator, Defence Media operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche confirmed the attack in a statement released on Thursday morning.
While locals report that an unconfirmed number of persons were taken captive by the insurgents during that attack, the military spokesperson was silent on the alleged abduction.
Enenche said the military thwarted the attack and killed eight ISWAP insurgents during the encounter, but lost three out of five soldiers who sustained injuries during the face-off.
The military said the attack by the terrorists was a deliberate attempt to “reverse the milestone achievements” recorded regarding IDPs in the areas of peace-building, reconstruction, rehabilitation, and resettlement efforts by the government.
The statement reads in part; “During the incident, eight BHTs were neutralised and unconfirmed number escaped with gunshots wounds.
“Unfortunately, three soldiers were fatally wounded and later gave up at the military medical reception station at Kukawa military location.
“Two others also sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the military medical station.”
Enenche however, noted that the situation in Kukawa is now calm with troops in full control.
Two hundred households consisting of an estimated 1,200 persons were recently returned to Kukawa by the Borno state government, months after the military said it had dislodged insurgents in the region and taken back control of the territory.
The controversial Baga town where Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum was attacked is in Kukawa local government-barely 40 kilometres apart.
Zulum during that visit had personally inspected infrastructure and the security ambience before giving approval for the return of civilians.