Boko Haram kill Colonel, Captain, 5 escorts in Borno
Boko Haram militants have killed an Army Colonel from 29 Task Force Brigade of Sector II of Operation Lafiya Dole, a Captain, along with five other soldiers along Damaturu/Maiduguri highway in Borno State, on Thursday.
ElombahNews gathered that Colonel and other personnels suddenly ran into some fleeing insurgents between Mainok and Jakana who instantly opened fire on them.
In the company of the Colonel and the Captain were his four escorts and a driver who were killed by the rampaging Boko Haram militants.
It further gathered that the insurgents were fleeing after a heavy gunfire between them and soldiers at Jakana in an attack that lasted for hours.
A source also disclosed that two civilians were killed by stray bullets in the fierce gun battle between Operatives of the Nigerian military and insurgents in Jakana village of Borno State
The Director Public Relations of Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa confirmed the clash which occurred on Wednesday evening but maintained that troops of the Sector 1 successfully repelled the enemy.
Colonel Isa also confirmed an ambush on troops of Sector 2 driving in a gun truck around Benisheikh, a village west of Jakana, he, however, noted that Sector 2 is under Damaturu and details of the ambush are still sketchy.
The Director could not readily verify if all six occupants of the gun truck, including a Colonel, had been killed as reported by local sources.
Meanwhile, sources at the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital, however, say that three wounded civilians caught up in the crossfire were brought in from Jakana, one of whom later died having lost much blood already.
Jakana is located along the Maiduguri-Damaturu expressway, the only open route linking Borno to other parts of the country.
One of the officers reported dead was an officer identified as Abdulazzez Mohammed [see photo above and below].
According to a source, he died after Boko Haram ambushed them yesterday in Jakana town, Borno State.