NIGERIAN Army authorities have confirmed the killing of its officer, seven soldiers and four civilians while 18 other soldiers and 12 civilians were wounded by members of the Boko Haram sect at various locations in Borno and Kaduna States. Acting director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman confirmed the development in a statement yesterday that troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on administration patrol from Maiduguri encountered an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, and ambush between Miyanti and Dareljamal, Borno State. He said the ambush was cleared and three Boko Haram terrorists were killed by the troops and a machine gun, 1 AK-47 rifle and some quantity of ammunition were recovered. “Unfortunately, we lost an
officer and three soldiers while 16 soldiers and three Civilian JTF 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.” Colonel Usman had in an earlier statement said some suspected remnants of Boko Haram fighters attacked military troops location at Logomani along Dikwa- Gambarou road, Borno State, in a three waves attack using 36 hand grenades and rocket propelled launchers. He said the attack occurred at about 1am last Sunday but the troops fought gallantly and repelled the attack which lasted for about one hour. “At the end of the fierce encounter, the troops counted 22 dead bodies of Boko Haram fighters. They also recovered two AK-47 rifles, one FN rifle, one G3 rifle and some 36 hand grenades.
“Unfortunately, we lost four soldiers and their rifles as a result of the effect of Boko Haram use of rocket propelled grenades while two soldiers were wounded in action. “The wounded in action have been evacuated for further medical management. The location have been reinforced and replenished while the troops have continued their clearance operations,” he informed. Similarly, the army spokesman confirmed that gallant troops of 1 Division, Nigerian Army, in a joint operation with personnel of Nigeria Police and local vigilantes had yesterday repelled a coordinated attack by gunmen on Godogodo town of Kaduna State. “The troops fought off the attackers and pursued them into the bush inflicting heavy casualty on them. The combined security team also arrested the following six suspects: Lawal Gambo, Yau Sani, Bala Amodu, Ibrahim Maikaru, Abubakar Hassan and Bashiru Isa Ciroma. “Unfortunately, four local vigilantes lost their lives while another nine were wounded in the course of countering the dastardly attack meant to cause more loss of lives and properties of law abiding citizens of Godogodo Town. He disclosed that Godogo Town had since returned to normalcy and efforts are ongoing to track the remaining fleeing bandits. “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 added.


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