Nigerian insurgents, Boko Haram have lost five members to gun battle with the Nigerian army while five others have been arrested after an attempt to attack the convoy of the Nigeria Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai was foiled.
According to multiple reports, the insurgents were planning to ambush his convoy as he visits troops at the battle ground in northeast border areas of Borno state.
This was shortly after the Boko Haram terrorists had ambushed an advance team of soldiers moving ahead of the COAS’ convoy leaving a soldier dead and two others injured.
Buratai alongside The top officers arrived Maiduguri on Friday, August 21, 2015 and set out for Nigeria’s major international border in the north-east, where soldiers are busy making gains in defeating the terrorists and reclaiming captured territories.
Soldiers moving in a convoy of about 20 vehicles had to stop from time to town to sniff for possible land mines on bridges and areas that are questionable.
Buratai assured the soldiers of improved welfare even as he relayed the greetings of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the commander in chief.
According to him “We all know we have a task to clear this general area of these criminal elements once and for all so that we all can go back to our normal soldiering business”.