1 week after Nigerian Army claimed victory, Boko Haram terrorists killed 11 soldiers
Barely a week that Nigerian Army announced it had achieved full decimation of the terror group in the north east , Boko Haram, the Army suffered loss of eight of its men, with 11 others wondered in two separate attacks carried out by the group in two separate attacks in three days, reliable military insiders have said.
The army formations involved in the incidents also lost several arms and ammunition, and were yesterday calling for urgent restocking of their armouries, according to reports.
The first incident, involving troops deployed at the Forward Operating Base in Sabon Gari, Borno State, occurred at about 6p.m. on Monday, when over 200 Boko Haram terrorists on motorcycles suddenly descended on the base.
It was learned that the terrorists had five gun trucks on which twin-barrelled artillery guns were mounted. The Nigerian troops fought back, but were dislodged from their location after about an hour of battle.
Five soldiers were killed in action, while nine others were injured. Four other soldiers were missing at press time. Army authorities did not immediately comment on the development.
But the Army authorities have not come up with any official statement on the attack.
The Army spokesperson, Brigadier General Sani Usman; Defence spokesperson, Major General John Enenche, and Commander of Multi-National Joint Task Force in Maiduguri, Major General Leo Irabor, could not be reached as all efforts to get them, even on phone failed.
While Usman and Irabor did not respond to calls and text messages to their respective phone lines yesterday, an assistant to Enenche said his boss was at a meeting.
The subordinate, who identified himself as Lieutenant Colonel Olabisi, said Enenche was holding a seminar with defence correspondents and will revert back as soon as possible.
Subsequent calls to his phone two hours later were neither answered nor returned. The initial text messages sent to his line were also not replied to at press time.
It was gathered that hours after the unit retreated from its Sabon Gari base, the surviving troops, along with reinforcements from 25 Brigade, returned to the location in several armoured cars and buses in a counter-attack that was largely successful.
The second attack reportedly took place two days later, as troops of 82 Division Task Force Battalion were said to have run into an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, laid by the terrorists.
That attack occurred at about 8:45a.m. yesterday, while the soldiers were on administrative patrol along the Ngoshe-Bokkotinta-Pulka axis.
Three soldiers were killed in the incident, while two were injured. The troops also lost one gun truck, one mine lab detector device and four AK-47 rifles.
Our sources said a large number of terrorists were killed in the two incidents, while several others escaped with gunshot injuries.
However a senior Army official, in a friendly chat with Emagazine, said such surprised attacks are not ruled out from a dissipated terrorist gang.
“We are after them and their sponsors, this they know, ” the officer who said he had just returned on leave from the Sambisa location of his assessment said.