The Nigerian army has confirmed the death of five soldiers, three vigilantes, and a civilian joint task force member in a Boko Haram ambush in southern Borno State.
The ambush occurred Sunday at Ugundiri village in Damboa Council Area while the troops were returning to their base.
The army confirmed the attack in a statement issued by its Acting Director of Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman.
Troops recover some items
But Usman disclosed that the troops were able to recover the gun truck, and two anti-aircraft guns used by the terrorists in the attack.
“Unfortunately, five soldiers, three vigilantes and a civilian JTF [member] lost their lives during the ambush, while 19 soldiers and a civilian JTF sustained various degrees of injuries,” the statement said.
“The bodies of the late soldiers and civilians have been evacuated to Maiduguri, while the injured are receiving commensurate medical care and are in stable conditions.”
The army spokesman further stated that troops have taken positions in strategic areas to flush out the terrorists from the Sambisa forest.
He noted that a separate set of troops had earlier cleared four villages of Zira, Abulam, Dusula, and Buk, before returning to base at Bulabulin.