Maiduguri – At least five soldiers, three vigilantes and a civilian were killed by Islamic terror group Boko Haram after they were ambushed in Talala and Ajigin axis of southern Borno State on Sunday.
According to the Nigerian Guardian, the soldiers were ambushed by the group on their way to their base in Maiduguri.
In a statement issued by Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman the soldiers were however able to retrieve the terrorists’ gun truck and two anti-aircraft guns used in ambushing the soldiers.
Usman further said that the Nigerian army had since managed to clear the area and were chasing after other Boko Haram fighters.
“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 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,” Usman was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile according to the Vanguard, the army has also intercepted suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ drugs and other logistics suppliers from Firgi and Zawan axis, Bama Local Governmnet Area of Borno State.
The drugs were intercepted at suspected terrorists crossing point, trying to cross into Sambisa forest on Sunday afternoon.
- News24 Nigeria