Premium Times is reporting that not fewer than eight Nigerian soldiers have been killed by Boko Haram fighters who also sacked an Army base in Borno state. According to the report, the insurgents attacked the Forward Operating Base in Sabon Gari, Borno State and initially killed five soldiers and injured nine others.
This attack was followed by another in which an additional three soldiers died and two more were wounded to make eight dead and 11 valiant soldiers wounded in just three days in two separate attacks.
The report quoted our sources as saying further that the army formations attacked also lost several arms and ammunition, and now require restocking of their armouries.
In the first attack, over 200 Boko Haram terrorists on motorcycles attacked the base at about 6 p.m. on Monday. These were accompanied by five gun trucks which were mounted with twin-barreled artillery guns.
Premium Times reports that the troops who fought back gallantly were eventually dislodged from their location after about an hour of fierce battle.
The report says at least four other soldiers are still missing in action. In the second attack, troops of 82 Division Task Force Battalion ran into an ambush laid by Boko Haram terrorists at about 8:45 am on Thursday, April 20 just as soldiers were on patrol along the Ngoshe-Bokkotinta-Pulka area. Three more soldiers were reportedly killed and two others were wounded.
GistMall.com cannot immediately verify the details of these attacks as message sent to the phone of Nigerian Army spokesman Brigadier-General Sani Usman Kukasheka to confirm them was yet to be replied as at time of filing this report.
Recall that just on Tuesday, April 18, Usman reported that troops of 192 Battalion 26 Task Force on Tuesday, April 18, gunned down six Boko Haram terrorists.
The terrorists, he said, were killed in a clearance operation carried out by the troops attached to Operation Lafiya Dole in the terrorists hideouts at Dissa and Patawe general area of Borno state.