About 20 soldiers were reportedly killed and several others injured, when suspected Boko Haram terrorists ambushed troops’ convoys in Borno State on Tuesday.
Daily Trust quotes a security source as saying.
It was gathered that the incident occurred along Damboa/Maiduguri highway, about 30 kilometers from Damboa town.
The publication said the source disclosed that the terrorists opened fire on troops, which resulted in the deaths of many soldiers.
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“It was so sad, our troops went on clearing operations on the way back to Damboa at 30 kilometers away, the terrorists laid an ambushed and shots from every angle.
“We lost more than a dozen soldiers. “The corpses of the soldiers have been evacuated to Maiduguri as well as those who sustained injures.
“They are currently receiving treatment in the military facility,” it quoted the source as saying.
But the defence headquarters said only two soldiers lost their lives in the incident and four others injured.
The coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said this in a statement on Wednesday.
It further stated that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, on July 7, eliminated 17 Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents in the ambush.
Enenche said the success was recorded by the troops of 25 Task Force Brigade, deployed at Damboa, in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Special Forces, while on clearance operations along the route.
According to him, the troops outflanked and engaged the criminals with overwhelming volume of fire power, forcing the terrorists to withdraw in disarray.
Enenche noted that in the aftermath of the encounter, 17 Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals were neutralised, while several others were believed to have narrowly escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds.
He added that cache of arms and ammunition were captured by the troops.
“Regrettably, two valiant soldiers paid the supreme price while four others were wounded in action.
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“However, the wounded in action soldiers have been evacuated to a military medical facility and currently responding positively to treatment,” he said.