Colonel, Captain, 3 soldiers killed in ambush as troops neutralise Boko Haram


#TrackNigeria –An Army Colonel,captain and 3 soldiers have been killed in an ambush by Boko Haram in Borno State. Colonel Ado Isa, deputy director, public relations, Operation Lafiya Dole  who disclosed  this in a statement said they were killed  while on transit from Maidguri to Damaturu. He said “sadly, a Colonel and a Captain as well as  3 soldiers on transit from Maiduguri to Damaturu run into an ambush staged by the routed/fleeing  terrorists from the Jakana axis which led to their unfortunate death.”

According to Colonel Isa,  said the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has  commiserated  with the families of the fallen heroes.

The statement  quoted  also  quoted Buratai as having said that “Personnel of the Nigerian Army will never be deterred in the ongoing noble and patriotic fight against terrorism and insurgency in the North East”. He further commended the efforts of the entire troops in the theatre and charged them to remain focus, highly committed and professional in the discharge of their constitutional roles.

According to the Nigerian Army statement, “The sacrifices of the fallen heroes in the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency is no doubt painful to all, but that will further spur us to do more to ensure that our country remain secured, peaceful and free from terrorists activities for the overall interest of the nation.”

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The death of the officers and soldiers was announced in a statement which earlier said “troops of 212 Battalion deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Jakana, on Wednesday 17Th July, 2019 dealt with and neutralised unconfirmed number of Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists when they woefully attempted to infiltrate their base in dire need for logistics.

According to Colonel Isa, “The terrorists came at about 1845 hours in 7 Gun Trucks and fought fiercely to infiltrate the camp, but the attack was thwarted with heavy fire and bombardment by the gallant and patriotic troops who were vigilant and battle ready.

“The terrorists couldn’t bear the fire power any longer after losing significant number of both equipment and personnel in an exchange of fire. They lost initiative and withdrew in disarray along the Benisheikh –  Damaturu axis, – abandoning a damaged utility Gun truck which was earmarked to convey looted items.

“Troops immediately followed in hot pursuit and the following items were captured:1 anti Aircraft Gun;2  Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Tubes; 2 x AK 47 Rifles; 15  Machine Gun rounds and 12 AK 47 NATO rounds.”

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