Abuja - The Nigerian Army has suffered fresh setbacks in the fight against terrorists and gunmen with several soldiers and support staff killed during separate incidents in Borno and Kaduna States.
On Monday morning, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on administration patrol from Maiduguri encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and ambush between Miyanti and Dareljamal in Borno.
The ambush was cleared and three Boko Haram terrorists killed.
However, an officer and three soldiers were killed while 16 soldiers and three Civilian joint task force members sustained injuries during the encounter.
Similarly, two vehicles that entered the IED were badly damaged.
The wounded have since been evacuated and are in stable condition.
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Meanwhile, four four local vigilantes were killed on Sunday during a joint operation with troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army and personnel of Nigeria Police to repelled a coordinated attack by gunmen on Godogodo town of Kaduna.
Confirming the report, Acting Director Army Public Relations Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said the troops fought off the attackers and pursued them into the bush inflicting heavy casualty on them.
Usman added that nine other local vigilantes were wounded in the course of countering the dastardly attack.
He said six suspects were arrested during the operation.
The Army spokesman said the situation in Godogo Town has since returned to normalcy and efforts were ongoing to track the remaining fleeing bandits.
He reassured citizens that the effort to safeguard life and property.
“We wish to reassure citizens that the effort to safeguard life and property will continue with renewed vigour until all the rampaging bandits are brought to justice,” he said.
- CAJ News