1 soldier dead as terrorists ambush senior army officer in Borno
The incident comes barely 24 hours after Boko Haram insurgents launched an attack on Kareto village, also in Borno.
This was disclosed via a statement released by army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman.
“The leading elements of the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu’s leading convoy was about 8.30am this morning ambushed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists en-route to visit troops in Bama,” Colonel Usman said.
“Although one soldier lost his life and 2 others were injured, they were able to clear the ambush, killing some of the terrorists and recovered vehicle and weapons from them. The recovered items include a Toyota Hilux vehicle, 2 AK-47 rifles and several ammunitions.
“The Acting GOC has continued his operational visit to Bama, while the body of the late soldier and the wounded have been evacuated to Maiduguri. The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has also spoken with the GOC.”
“The Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate its unalloyed commitment and determination to continue to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists wherever they may be hiding,” he added.
The attack was however repelled by soldiers after a 10-hour battle.
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