- Four soldiers of the Nigerian Army were killed by gunmen on Sunday, February 16, in Bayelsa state
- The troops were on their routine duty before they were ambushed by the gunmen
- The information was confirmed by Major Victor Olukoya, the spokesperson of Operation Delta Safe in a statement
Four soldiers were killed by gunmen on Sunday, February 16, in Letugene, Ekeremor local government area of Bayelsa state, the Nigerian Army has confirmed.
According to Channels TV, Major Victor Olukoya, the spokesperson of Operation Delta Safe, in a statement on Wednesday, February 19, revealed that the troops were ambushed by the gunmen while on routine duty.
The statement read in part: “Troops while carrying out their routine duty within its area of responsibility on Sunday 16 February 2020 at about 6:00 p.m. were ambushed by gunmen and killed. Four soldiers were killed in action. However, an investigation is ongoing to ascertain the person’s or groups behind the attack.”
The Nigerian Army went on to refute reports circulating online, alleging that the Bayelsa community was invaded by troops following the attack that led to the death of the soldiers.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that soldiers of 25 Task Force Brigade deployed at Damboa in Borno state in conjunction with elements of the Civilian Joint Task Force killed scores of terrorists.
Items recovered by the troops include 10 motorcycles, 2 AK 47 rifles, 1 Buffalo gun truck, mechanical tools, one anti-aircraft gun, 3 machine guns, 141 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition, one suicide vest, one Improvised Explosive Device (IED) box, and one pumping machine.
In a related development, soldiers on Sunday, February 16, repelled Boko Haram insurgents who attempted to invade Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
The attack which started around 7.30 pm lasted for nearly an hour. Ahmadu Haga, a local security official said the attack occurred around Kaliyari.
Also, an official of the Civilian-JTF, Bello Danbatta, told Premium Times on the telephone that the attack took place at the last military checkpoint near Ngwom village.
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