Another officer dies, eight injured after Boko Haram ambush Nigerian soldiers

One other soldier died and eight others were injured in the Boko Haram ambush that led to the death of B.U. Umar, a lieutenant colonel.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr. Umar and troops of the 114 TF battalion were ambushed on Tuesday by Boko Haram on the road between Bita and Piridang.

While Mr. Umar died immediately during the attack, another soldier, a lieutenant (name witheld) died of bullet wounds hours later.

The troops were travelling from Bita in Borno to Yola in Adamawa State when they were ambushed, sources had told PREMIUM TIMES.

However, the army has continued to keep mum on the attack. Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, did not pick or return calls made to his phone on Wednesday and is yet to release any statement on the attack.

The army’s decision to keep mum comes weeks after it muddled up information on the fate of 83 soldiers who went missing after a Boko Haram attack on their formation.

Tuesday’s attack occurs about a week after another lieutenant colonel, Muhammed Abu-Ali, and his troops were killed in another ambush by Boko Haram.

Fourteen Boko Haram insurgents and four other soldiers died in that attack, the army had said.

The attacks by the Boko Haram have continued despite ongoing negotiation with the federal government. The negotiations already led to the release of 21 of the over 200 Chibok girls kidnapped by the sect in 2014.


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