6 soldiers injured as Boko Haram ambush local government officials

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At least six soldiers were injured on Saturday when they ran into an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents while escorting a convoy of Gwoza Local Government Area officials.

The ambush occurred along Maiduguri-Bama road, close to Bama, sources told PREMIUM TIMES.

A gang of about 40 Boko Haram members opened fire on the convoy that was being escorted by soldiers of the 121 Task Force Battalion, Pulka, our sources said.

Confirming the incident, the caretaker council chairman of Gwoza, Saeed Sambo, told journalists that the soldiers fought back fiercely, killing about 20 of the attackers.

He said they came under attack at about 10 a.m. when they were heading for Gwoza from Maiduguri.

“The insurgents first detonated an IED when the convoy was about 5km away from Bama, before they began to fire on us,” said the chairman who escaped unhurt.

A military source who sought anonymity in this report confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES on phone that the injured soldiers are currently receiving treatment at the military clinic in Brigadier Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri, which is the headquarters of the 7 Division of the Nigeria army.

The army has not made any official statement on the attack.

Several soldiers have been killed in recent weeks in similar ambush by Boko Haram on soldiers. The Army has also announced killing scores of Boko Haram fighters in such incidents.

Boko Haram attacks have caused the death of over 20,000 people since the insurgency began in 2009.
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  • Otile

    It is the job of the police to escort alkalis and marabouts, no soldier should come to harm for the sake of these people.

    • linkhadj.

      Otlle, where have you been since? We have missed the fun always provided by your jaundiced, myopic and uninformed opinion.

      • Otile

        Alhaj,
        Your ways are not my ways. I am a good Christian man, but you are a Mohammedan. For you fair is foul and foul is fair. I know you gain and enjoy great wisdom from my comments, but being who you are you will not show appreciation.

  • Reginald Dandeson

    But this Boko Haram has long since been defeated and chased out of Sambisa, Gwoza, Bama, and what have you? So, do they simply crystallize from atmospheric vapor to any location they choose to carry out all these well-organized ambush attacks? Lai Muhammed and the Nigerian Army need to provide answers to this quagmire. Propaganda is not always the best route for every situation.

  • thusspokez

    The Nigerian army doesn’t even have proper paramedics to bandage wounds properly. This is so shameful and depressing! Even I who is a not a medic could have done a better job than what we see in the photo. Nigerians are serial complainers with regard to corruption but ignore the more detrimental effect of mediocrity and ignorance.

    • Otile

      Who are these soldiers guarding in the first place? Tell your local leaders take advantage of the hisba police to guard themselves. You know very well that Boko Haram has no regard for Nigerian soldiers. Have you ever heard of Boko Haram attacking hisba police men. Aboki hankali.

  • Eboh Samuel

    This soldiers should given better treatment

  • Islam_is_Evil

    Civilian casualties or the military-militants of the zoo. #FreeElZakzakyNow

    Sunni Islam is a Global Threat, Evil and Satanic

  • larry

    Nigeria army is still yet to learn how to wage war on guerrilla warfare. Boko haram is not a conventional army. These are terrorists waging guerrilla warfare. So, before Nigerian army can advance or move on the road where there bushes or forest, it must first of all, shell at least 6 miles ahead before advancing or travelling that route. Take this unpaid unsolicited advice to Nigerian Military Commanders who are currently compromising the war effort for lack of basic military tactics.

  • Charlie

    it seems that some within the Premium Times has some sort of sympathy for Boko Haram. How else can you explain the reporting here when more than 30 Boko Haram fighters were killed in the same encounter as reported in other media outlets.