The Nigeria Army says suspected Boko Haram terrorists ambushed and killed five soldiers on Saturday in Borno. Three vigilantees as well as one Civilian JTF also fell casualty.
A statement by Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said that 19 other soldiers and one Civilian JTF sustained various degrees of injuries during the attack.
Usman said the terrorists ambushed the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole at Ugundiri village, Damboa Local Government Area. The incicident happened while returning to base. They just finished clearing Boko Haram terrorists hideouts in Talala and Ajigin in southern Borno.
Usman said that the troops destroyed the terrorists gun truck and recovered two anti-aircraft guns, and two spare gun barrels. They also recoverred one general purpose machine gun, one rocket propelled grenade, and also one AK-47 rifle. Troops also recovered 320 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.
He said that troops had assumed blocking positions to further neutralise fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.
Usman said that another set of troops had earlier cleared Zira, Abulam, Dusula, and Buk villages before returning to base in Bulabulin.
In a related development, the army spokesman said that based on information received about gathering of some suspected Boko Haram terrorists around Bori village, 16km from Mainok, outskirts of Maiduguri, troops swung into action and neutralised them.
“The troops recovered three motorcycles, one hand grenade, one round of 7.62mm ammunition, solar panel, a pair of Niger Republic military camouflage uniform, one Gionee mobile telephone handset, one wet cell battery and half bag of groundnut,” he said.