The Nigerian Army has lost an officer and 3 soldiers in Borno state due to IEDs planted by Boko Haram terrorists.
Nigerian Army Fighting Boko Haram
Three other members of the patrol team sustained various degrees of injuries while their Hilux vehicle was also completely damaged.
“Yesterday, Thursday 29th June 2017, at about 8.00am a patrol team of 133 Special Forces Battalion on patrol to Maiduguri, encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) buried on the road between Kangarwa and Alagarno village.
“Unfortunately, the IED claimed the life of an officer and 3 soldiers, while 3 other members of the patrol team sustained various degrees of injuries. Their Hilux vehicle was also completely damaged,” a statement by the director of Army public relations; Brigadier-General SK Usman said.
According to the statement, the bodies of the late officer and soldiers have since been evacuated while the wounded have also been moved to the unit’s medical facility.
Boko Haram terrorists
However, the 3 suspected Boko Haram terrorists that planted the IEDs were said to have been pursued and neutralized.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, June 29, the headquarters of 23 Brigade Nigerian Army at about 2.30pm handed over one Miss Jada Hachaba to her mother in the presence of her relatives and Alhaji Bello, the District Head of Gulak at the Brigade’s Headquarters in Yola.
Miss Jada was reportedly abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists but she escaped.
In another development, troops of 159 Battalion arrested two suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ collaborators/informants; Abubakar Ahmed aged 23 years and Aji Maina aged 45 years
Both were arrested on Wednesday June 28 at Garin Gada and Kanamma respectively.
Abubakar Ahmed was arrested while trying to collect relief materials for onward conveyance to Boko Haram terrorists, while Aji Maina was arrested while on transit at Kanamma enroute Gamari in Niger republic.
Similarly, troops of 27 Brigade Garrison Nigerian Army, on Thursday, June 29, at about 3.40pm discovered a 122mm D30 Unexploded Ordinance inside an uncompleted building at the Federal Low Cost Housing Estate, Buni Yadi, Yobe state.
The unit’s Explosive Ordinance Team were drafted into the scene and they safely detonated it.
Just recently, the remains of two gallant soldiers that paid the supreme price on Saturday, June 17, along Damboa-Biu road in Borno state, 11NA/66/10788 Lance Corporal Auwal Halliru and 15NA/73/0188 Private Halilu Aliyu of 254 Task Force Battalion were buried according to Islamic religious rites at the Gombe military ceremony.
The soldiers died two weeks ago at an ambush of a military-escorted convoy of travelers along Maiduguri-Damboa road.