- The Nigerian military has suffered losses in Yobe state
- Two soldiers have been declared dead and three other soldiers sustained injuries as a result of the IED explosion
- Three terrorists were, however, killed in the ensuing melee after the ambush
Nigerian troops of combat team 1, Operation Kantana Jimlan on long-range admin patrol along Buni Yadi-Buni Gari axis in Yobe state, encountered multiple Improvised Explosive Devices and Boko Haram terrorists' ambush on Monday, May 18.
A statement by the military authorities said the incident occurred eight kilometres ahead of Buni-Gari in Gujba local government area of the state.
“Two soldiers paid the supreme price and three other soldiers sustained injuries as a result of the IED explosion.
“Additionally, a recovery truck, one troops carrying vehicle and a water tanker that ran into the IED were destroyed by fire.
“Three terrorists were neutralized while unconfirmed number escaped with various degrees of injury,” the statement signed by Major-General John Enenche, coordinator defence media operations revealed.
It added that due to mental snap/distress occasioned by the incident, two of the soldiers who escaped the IED and terrorists' ambush recorded the incident with uncomplimentary remarks, about the Nigerian Army and her leadership and released it on the social media.
“Although this kind of outburst is expected in war, the soldiers involved have been identified and would undergo observation and counselling,” Major-General Enenche said.
He assured citizens that the Armed Forces of Nigeria will remain unwavering in its quest to end terrorism in the country and ensure there is no repeat of such outbursts by personnel.
“The military high command commends troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their unwavering determination, hard-work and resilience,” the statement concluded.
Recall that eleven ISWAP fighters on Monday, May 11 surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Adamawa as the Nigerian military intensifies its attacks on terrorist hideouts across the northeast.
The terrorists also dropped off 72 of their family members at the entrance of Ngala town in Ngala local government area of Borno state recently, an indication that they are battle weary.
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