Intel made available to metrowatchonline.com also indicates that three gun trucks were destroyed by jet fighters of the Nigerian Airforce which was on hand to back up the ground troops during the visit of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Alao on Sunday to Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre headquarters.
The source said: “Also, ISWAP tactical Commander Abba Moundou was fatally wounded while Elhajji Gana and Abou Ousman were killed close to Jan Gada east of Dikwa town.
“Additionally, two gun trucks en route Marte axis were sighted conveying wounded ISWAP fighters because it is the tradition of Boko Haram fighting alongside ISWAP to carry their dead to give them befitting burials in their hideouts”.
BOKO HARAM SUFFERED HIGH CASUALTY IN A FAILED ATTEMPT TO TAKE DIKWA
Reacting to the incident the army spokesman Brigadier General Yerima today (Monday) said “troops of Operation Lafiya Dole currently carrying out Operation Tura Takaibango stationed at Dikwa and Gulumba Gana supported by the Air Component inflicted heavy casualty on Boko Haram Terrorists who attempted to take control of the strategic town of Dikwa, the headquarters of Dikwa LGA of Borno State.
“The terrorists in their numbers mounted on 12 gun trucks attacked the town on the eve of Sunday 18 April 2021, just as the locals prepare to break their Ramadan fast for the day.
“The troops having contained the initial wave of the attack had to occupy their alternative Headquarters at Gulumba Gana to enable the Air Component to engage any gun trucks and other technicals in the vicinity of the attack to prevent fratricide.
“The troops launched a counter-attack in the early hours of Monday 19 April 2021 and successfully reoccupied their main headquarters in Dikwa.
“The retreating terrorists suffered heavy losses in both equipment and personnel including some of their key leaders from the superior firepower of own troops both from the air and ground forces.
“The troops are currently patrolling Dikwa town and environs to assess the level of damage inflicted on the terrorists.”
The statement noted that the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has commended the troops for their doggedness and directed them to re-strategise in order to prevent any further attacks in the area.
Boko haram is yet to release five humanitarian workers seized when they attacked Dikwa last month.