50 insurgents, 6 soldiers killed as Boko Haram attacks Nigerian military formation – DHQ

Nigerian soldiers on guard in Maiduguri

“The wounded are also receiving treatment in the military medical facility.”


At least 50 members of the insurgent Boko Haram group were killed on Friday night after the group attacked a military location in Damboa, Borno State, the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, has said.

The spokesperson of the DHQ, Chris Olukolade, said the insurgents “stormed the troops’ bases and police locations while most of the troops were out on patrol of surrounding villages.”

Mr. Olukolade also said six soldiers including a “senior officer” were killed as soldiers battled to repel the insurgents.

He said the bodies of the fallen soldiers have been recovered and deposited in the military morgue.

“The wounded are also receiving treatment in the military medical facility,” he said.

The spokesperson said a cordon and search of the locality is ongoing.

Mr. Olukolade, a Major General, also said troops on patrol around Baga area recovered explosives and rifles concealed in a truck loaded with fish and other commodities.

“Four suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the incident,” he said.

The spokesperson also confirmed an earlier PREMIUM TIMES report of a suicide attack at Konduga on Friday night. He confirmed that five people died in the attack.

“At Konduga also in Borno State, a suicide bomber in a Golf car yesterday crashed into a checkpoint killing himself, a policeman and 3 Vigilante Youth members,” he said.

Daring attacks by the Boko Haram on Borno and other northern Nigerian states have continued despite the military onslaught on the sect.

The group, which has killed over 13,000 since its insurgency began in 2009, is still holding over 200 teenage school girls kidnapped from Chibok, Borno State, hostage.

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