Gun Battle Ends With Two Soldiers killed and 39 ISWAP Fighters Neutralized

Two soldiers were killed in the aftermath of the battle with the insurgents last night in Damasak, according to military sources.
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Niger soldiers provide security for an anti-Boko Haram summit in Diffa city, Niger September 3, 2015. Picture taken September 3, 2015. To match Exclusive USA-NIGER/BOKO HARAM REUTERS/Warren Strobel -

After a fierce battle with ISWAP, a splinter group of Boko Haram that pays allegiance to ISIS fighters, a military chopper transported wounded soldiers from Damasak to Maiduguri this morning.

Two soldiers were killed in the aftermath of the battle with the insurgents last night in Damasak, according to military sources.

According to DAILY POST, another reliable source revealed that the Nigerian military and its Niger Republic counterpart engaged the insurgents for more than four hours in the battle to retake Damasak, neutralizing 39 ISWAP fighters.

Damasak, the capital of Borno State's Mobbar Local Government Area, is about 160 kilometers from Maiduguri, the state capital.

Boko Haram and other terrorists have tried to take possession of Damasak, but it has remained in the hands of Nigerian troops.

Residents of Damasak say that the town has been targeted numerous times, with militants suffering heavy casualties.

“Yesterday’s fight was devastating, and this was the second time the Nigerian military had to withdraw from a battle for Damasak but were also quick to reclaiming their position.” A security expert who did not want to be mentioned told DAILY POST.

“We got a report that there’s threat over the inhabitants of Damasak town as armed men suspected to be Boko Haram sects are regrouping between Songia settlement and Geidam Chuku village under Niger Republic with the intention of attacking Damasak town. But we believe in the military formations at this end which is vigorous and proactive,” he said.

When the insurgents attacked, he said, the military made a tactical withdrawal, which is a strategy used in combat to give the enemy the appearance of weakness and catch them off guard.

“This is what happened and the end result is the neutralisation of any of them,” he added.