- The Boko Haram sect has reportedly killed five soldiers in an ambush in Borno state
- The insurgent group reportedly attacked the soldiers on Friday, May 24, while they were evacuating people from villages in the state
- A military officer that confirmed the development said two soldiers were wounded and several are missing
Security sources on Sunday, May 26, disclosed that Nigerian soldiers have been killed and a few of them are missing after an ambush by Boko Haram’s Islamic State-backed faction.
According to the sources who requested anonymity, fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Friday, May 24, opened fire on a column of civilian vehicles under military escort in the northeastern Borno state, Channels TV reports.
The soldiers were escorting residents from the village of Sabon Garin Kimba in dozens of trucks to a camp in the town of Damboa about 50 kilometres (30 miles) away, according to a militia fighting against the jihadists alongside the army.
They were being evacuated from the village, which lies 130 kilometres from the state capital Maiduguri, ahead of a major military offensive against ISWAP, which has recently increased its activities in the area.
A military officer said: “We lost five soldiers in the ambush, two were wounded and several are missing, their fate still unknown.”
He said the attackers seized two military trucks and tried to immobilise an armoured vehicle by destroying its tyres, but the driver managed to drive it to safety.
A second military source said: “As they approached Bungiri village ISWAP laid an ambush on the convoy. The troops engaged the terrorists in a gun battle and all civilians were able to escape but five soldiers were killed.”
Boko Haram’s decade-long campaign of violence has killed 27,000 people and displaced around two million in Nigeria.
The violence has also spilt over into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition to defeat the group.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Army on Monday, May 20, took delivery of some weapons and ammunition from Slovakia, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport Abuja.
The weapons and ammunition which landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at 3 pm in a charted Boeing 747-400 cargo plane, was procured for the purpose of boosting capabilities of troops fighting insurgency ravaging the north east.
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