Four soldiers killed, 16 injured in Boko Haram bomb attack

FILE PHOTO: Boko Haram
FILE PHOTO: Boko Haram

At least four soldiers were killed and 16 others injured in a bomb attack on Sunday, the Army has said.

The attack occured when suspected Boko Haram members staged an ambush on an army convoy outside Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Since the split in its leadership between the erratic Abubakar Shekau, and Abu-Musab Albarnawi, in August this year, Boko Haram, a group the Nigeria army claimed to have decimated, has stepped up its hostility targeting mostly soldiers and civilians in remote locations.

The Sunday attack took place on the day the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, made his first video appearance in about six months. It brings to 10 the number of soldiers the Nigerian Army confirmed killed in clashes with Boko Haram in the last six days.

Earlier on Sunday, the Army had confirmed the death of another four soldiers in a battle with insurgents at the Dikwa-Gambarou road in Borno. Two other soldiers were injured in that battle while 22 insurgents were killed, the Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said.

‎In the latest attack, Mr. Usman, a Colonel, said in a statement on Sunday night that troops on administrative patrol were ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents.

“Today, 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 3 Boko Haram terrorists were killed by the troops. They also recovered a Machine Gun, 1 AK-47 Rifle and some quantity of ammunition.

“Unfortunately, we lost an officer and 3 soldiers, while 16 soldiers and 3 Civilian JTF sustained injuries during the encounter. Similarly, 2 vehicles that entered the IED were badly damaged. The wounded have since been evacuated and are in stable condition”.

The Boko Haram leader had in his Sunday video threatened the Nigerian government and the military of more attacks. He also demanded the release of his detained members in exchange for the abducted Chibok school girls that have been in his group’s custody since April 14, 2014, when they were taken away from their school dormitory.

The Boko Haram insurgency has caused the death of over 20,000 people and displaced over two million others in Northeastern Nigeria since 2010.

The group is rated the deadliest terror group in the world giving the spate of its attacks.

The group in apparent bid to increase its depleted rank of fighters offered to free the over 200 Chibok girls in exchange for its arrested members.

President Muhammadu Buhari last week sought the mediation of the United Nations in any prisoner swap, saying the split in the leadership of Boko Haram makes it difficult for his government to know whom to trust.

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  • Jesunyem George

    #Bring Back Our (Preferred) Girls – Part 1. Written
    by Jesunyem George. 08104025915

    Only a few months ago, one of the other girls kidnapped by
    Boko Haram was forced – by circumstance – to lie that she was one of the
    kidnapped Chibok girls, after she was apprehended by Cameroonian security
    forces, in a failed suicide-bombing attempt – apparently masterminded by her
    captors, the very infamous Boko Haram sect – in other to partake in the
    preferential treatment being enjoyed exclusively by her fellow kidnapped mates,
    even the world acclaimed Chibok girls.

    And her strategy, strange as it may seem, achieved its aim
    to perfection – albeit only momentarily – as her lie of being one of the
    missing Chibok girls, instantly accorded her that exclusive status and
    attention, that would otherwise not have been the case, had she just said the
    truth, even that she was just one of the other (not so Chibok) girls from
    Nigeria, that had been kidnapped by the Boko Haram.

    Therefore who could blame the poor girl for lying and
    claiming to be who she wasn’t, even a Chibok girl, especially under that
    extreme circumstance, where the first instinct of those who had apprehended
    her, may have been to do away with her, hence she thought the only way for her
    life to be saved was to lie thus, therefore her strategy may have been
    essentially a life-saving one.

    And come to think of it, the only reason she became a
    potential suicide bomber, was because she was kidnapped by the cold-blooded
    insurgents, which wasn’t any fault of hers in the first place that she was
    kidnapped by the blood-obsessed insurgents. Therefore either-way it would have
    been really unfair for her to lose her life under that enforced circumstance.

    And so she lied that she was a Chibok girl, because she
    basically thought that it would afford her a better treatment, perhaps as the
    preservation of her life, which she would not otherwise have had, if she was
    just one of the other kidnapped girls.

    Unfortunately though, that mentality of the teenager is not
    one that was held in isolation, for that was a true reflection of the reality
    in those Boko Haram camps. As other reports emanating from certain members of
    her own group of the kidnapped girls, that is the Non-Chibokan girls, who have
    had the fortune of being rescued by the security forces, also attesting to the
    fact that that was the general mindset of the other kidnapped girls in the
    camps, as the Chibok girls were given preferential and special treatment as
    compared to them, by the very dreaded terrorists.

    And as if the trauma
    alone of being kidnapped was not bad enough for the poor girls, now they had to
    come to grips with being treated by their kidnappers as “second-class citizens”
    amongst the kidnapped girls, just because they were not from Chibok. This is
    the ridiculous dimension to which the saga of the Chibok girls has been
    mismanaged and manhandled.

    Therefore you can call the terrorists whatever you want;
    cold blooded, diabolic, desperately wicked, animalistic etc. and even demonic
    as i would, because of the extent of the atrocities that their blood-filled
    hands have unleashed on countless Nigerians, however this development suggests
    that there was a perhaps a missing weapon that they may have yet lacked in
    their diabolic arsenal, whose leaf they have taken from some of us who
    ironically claim to be better than them, and even been at the forefront of their
    condemnation, which is, “How to discriminate between the kidnapped girls”, so
    that amongst all the girls that they had kidnapped from Nigeria, they now had
    “the Chibok girls”, and “the others”.