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10 soldiers, 20 Boko Haram terrorists killed in Borno gunfight

army2 10 soldiers, 20 Boko Haram terrorists killed in Borno gunfight

AT least 10 soldiers and  20 insurgents were killed on Saturday in a gunfight, following the ambush of troops by Boko Haram sect along Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu road in Borno State.

One of the soldiers lost his life along Pulka-Ngoshe road in another firefight.

The incident, according to multiple sources, happened separately around the vicinity of Dogon Waye (Defunct NITEL Masts, which is about 45km drive along Maiduguri – Damboa road.

On Pulka -Ngoshe road, the source said the “incident took place around Bokko settlement (Pulka/Bokko ward) in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno state, with 10 others seriously injured, while some soldiers are missing up till now.  The troops were said to be heading to their base at Ngoshe town when the attack occurred. Boko settlement is situated along Pulka – Ngoshe road, behind Gwoza Mandara mountain which shares a border with Cameroun.

One of the eyewitnesses, a passenger, Ali Isa, who managed to escape the attack, said:  “Several members of Boko Haram sect laid ambush along Damboa road at about 2 pm and opened fire on military escort vehicles.  This led to the exchange of gunfire, a situation that left many victims to flee into the bush for safety.”

He noted that a lot of people, including some members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, CJTF, in the company of the security escort vehicles, had to engage the terrorists, with many victims still missing at press time.

A member of the Civilian-JTF, who is not authorized to talk to the press, but luckily escaped unhurt during the ambush, confirmed to Vanguard yesterday that over 20 terrorists and nine soldiers died in the attack.

“During the clash, more than 20 terrorists were killed.  Unfortunately, we also lost nine of our soldiers that were escorting travelers from Maiduguri to Damboa. The attackers had also gone away with patrol vehicles belonging to our vigilante operatives who were also part of the escort team, “ the CJTF member said.

Another motorist who maneuvered and made a U-turn back to Maiduguri, Mallam Usman Abdulahi, said the attackers did not confront civilian travelers.

The military authorities did not make any comment on the attacks. A text message sent to the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, was not replied.

But when he eventually picked his call, he said:  “Sorry I can’t attend to you now as I am in transit.’’

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