Nigerian troops repelled a combined force of Boko Haram and ISWAP insurgents in deadly but dramatic battle.
8:40 am. Boko Haram terrorists launched a surprise attack on a Nigerian army formation - Company E in high numbers on several gun trucks and machine guns. Reconnaisance aircraft spotted large numbers of fighters converging on COMPANY E formation and relayed this information.
Outnumbered 5 to 1 the troops had ten minutes to retreat or take up defensive positions. They chose the later and radioed battalion HQ for reinforcement.

The insurgents launched their assaults on the small number of troops from multiple directions in a classic pincer tactics.
Trying to hold the line until reinforcement arrrived. Two soldiers and five CJTF members attached to the detachment went down. Battalion HQ ordered a tactical retreat to avoid further casualties
..in the process of retreating reinforcement poured in from battalion HQ who promptly launched a counter-attack on the unsuspecting insurgents who were celebrating what they thought was a victory. They burnt down 9 houses, pulled out their phones and began taking photos.
The Nigerian soldiers opened fire on the terrorists, killing dozens instantly, unconfirmed number of them were blasted in their trucks by RPGs. The remaining wounded terrorists simply fled the location. They didnt get far.
To say a Nigerian army aviation is long overdue will be an understatement. Static formations need attack helicopters assigned to them. Assault forces need attack helicopters riding shotgun.

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