Boko Haram terrorists have killed not less than 13 soldiers including a police officer when the assailants ambushed officers of the Nigerian Army in Borno State.
News of the attack was disclosed by the Deputy Director of Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu.
Colonel Nwachukwu Confirmed the attack which occurred on Christmas Eve in a statement issued on Tuesday.
He also revealed that a soldier was wounded during the ambush but that he is already receiving treatment.
Nwachukwu said that the security operatives attached to 1 Division were on escort duty along Damaturu – Maiduguri Road when the attack took place.
He said: “The gallant troops engaged the terrorists in a firefight, courageously wading through the ambush,” he said.
“Sadly, 13 military and police personnel, including a police officer paid the supreme price while extricating themselves from the ambush.”
Nwachukwu said the Army has since commenced a clearance operation to pursue and eliminate the terrorist ambush party.
The Theatre Command spokesman noted that the bodies of the officers and the policeman have been evacuated.
He said elsewhere, troops repelled an attack by the insurgents on a Forward Operational Base at Kukareta in Damaturu Local Government Area of Yobe state.
During the attack, the Theatre Command spokesperson said one soldier was injured while several of the insurgents were killed.
“The terrorists who attacked the location at about 6. 30 pm met with prompt and fierce response of the vigilant troops who engaged and overpowered them, killing several of the terrorists,” he said.
In another development, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, along with the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, accompanied by some Principal Staff Officers from the Defence and Services Headquarters, on Saturday 22nd December 2018, visited Operation LAFIYA DOLE theatre in the North East.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, who has since been in the theatre of Operation received the CDS and the Service Chiefs on arrival.
During the visit, the CDS was briefed by the Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Benson Akinroluyo, on the operational activities of the troops in the ongoing counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations.
The CDS and the Service Chiefs equally had interactions with other field commanders who also gave updates on the operational activities in their respective areas of responsibility.
The visit which was essentially to evaluate the fight against terrorism and insurgency in the North East, ended on a successful note as it was entirely hitch free.