Nigerian Army confirms Boko Haram attack on troops, says 7 killed

Nigerian Army in Sambisa Forest
Nigerian Army in Sambisa Forest

The Nigerian Army has confirmed an attack on its troops by Boko Haram insurgents, which led to the death of at least seven soldiers.

PREMIUM TIMES had earlier broken the news, quoting insiders who confirmed that seven army recruits were killed and 20 others injured during a firefight with the terrorists.

Three other soldiers, including a female, were declared missing after the incident, our sources said.

A statement signed by Kingsley Samuel, a Lieutenant Colonel and Deputy Director Army Public Relations at the 7 Division, said seven soldiers lost their lives while 19 were injured.

The army said an unspecified number of Boko Haram fighters were killed.

The statement said the soldiers were ambushed by Boko Haram during the process of rotating troops.

The statement reads:

“ROTATING TROOPS FIGHT THROUGH BOKO HARAM AMBUSH

“Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE gallantly fought their way through Boko Haram Terrorists ambush along Ajiri-Dikwa road, Borno State.

“Elements of troops affected encountered the ambush while conducting routine rotation of troops last night. The gallant troops fought their way through, killing many of the terrorists.

“Unfortunately 7 soldiers paid the supreme price in the incident while 19 soldiers sustained various degree of injuries. The soldiers who sustained injuries during the fierce encounter have been evacuated and are currently receiving treatment at Military hospital in Maiduguri. The troops recovered an AK-47 rifle and ammunitions from the insurgents. Additional troops have been mobilised and are still on aggressive pursuit of the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.


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  • Otile

    Nigerian military can never defeat Islamic Boko Haram in the North East. Day in day out we hear about imaginary defeat of the Muslims yet our boys are dying for nothing. The best solution is to leave those areas for the Muslims to declare their Islamic Caliphate. By giving up that area Nigeria would have lost nothing, plus peace will break out. Nigeria is wasting incalculable resources to chase the Muslims without any thing for show for their effort.. Buhari, let the people go their way, don’t force them against their will.

    • marc umeh

      Will they be satisfied with NE alone ? No , this movement will continue in other parts of the north. This war will take years !!!

    • 123maina_76

      Both Muslims and Christians are affected. do not be sentimental please. there are genuine Christians and bad Christians there are genuine Muslims and fake Muslims.

      • Oracle

        Jn 16:2-4

        2 They shall put you out of the synagogues:yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you, Says Jesus the Son of God.

        A good Christian lays down his life while an good Muslim takes it.

        Study the lives of the Founding Father(s) of both faith . What they preached and how they propagated their faiths and you’ll come to your conclusion.

  • Oracle

    If only one AK47 was recovered from dead unspecified number of insurgents……. Hire many BH were actually killed?

    • GbemigaO

      Bro- I tire for my country people o. You released information after AP, a foreign media carried it. You killed ‘so many terrorist’ but recovered one AK47. Did they attack you with knives or cutlasses? When are we going to be told truths in the country. Everyone is on a lying mode !

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