NO fewer than four soldiers were killed and 16 others injured in a bomb attack on Sunday, September 25, the Army authority has said.
The attack was carried out in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram members an army convoy outside Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The attack took place on the day Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader, made his first video appearance in about six months. It brings to 10 the number of soldiers the Nigerian Army confirmed killed in clashes with Boko Haram in the last six days.
Earlier on Sunday, the Army confirmed the death of another four soldiers in a battle with insurgents at the Dikwa-Gambarou Road in Borno State. Two other soldiers were injured in the battle while 22 insurgents were killed according to Sani Usman, a colonel and the Army spokesman.
In the latest attack, Usman, said in a statement on Sunday night that troops on administrative patrol were ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents.
“Today, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on administration patrol from Maiduguri encountered an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, and ambush between Miyanti and Dareljamal, Borno State,” he said.
“The ambush was cleared and 3 Boko Haram terrorists were killed by the troops. They also recovered a Machine Gun, 1 AK-47 Rifle and some quantity of ammunition.
“Unfortunately, we lost an officer and 3 soldiers, while 16 soldiers and 3 Civilian JTF sustained injuries during the encounter. Similarly, 2 vehicles that entered the IED were badly damaged. The wounded have since been evacuated and are in stable condition”.
The Boko Haram leader had in his Sunday video threatened the Nigerian government and the military of more attacks. He also demanded the release of his detained members in exchange for the abducted Chibok school girls that have been in his group’s custody since April 14, 2014, when they were taken away from their school dormitory.
The Boko Haram insurgency has caused the death of over 20,000 people and displaced over two million others in North- Eastern Nigeria since 2010.
Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari at the United Nations conference sought the involvement of the world body in the mediation in any prisoner swap, saying the split in the leadership of Boko Haram has made it difficult for the government to know whom to trust.
Since the split in the leadership between Abubakar Shekau, and Abu-Musab Albarnawi, in August this year, Boko Haram, has stepped up its hostility targeting mostly soldiers and civilians in remote locations.
— Sep 26, 2016 @ 16:05 GMT