Over 20 Nigeria soldiers killed in combat with Boko Haram

Nigerian soldiers clash with Boko Haram

Nigerian soldiers clash with Boko Haram

from AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – MORE than 20 Nigerian soldiers were killed in February during battle with the Islamic militant Boko Haram sect northeast of the country.

The setback has overshadowed the success of the operations in Borno State where the military managed to kill scores of terrorists and arrested about 8 000 suspects, including eight foreign nationals.

Another positive was the rescue of about 60 women and children.

Major General Leo Irabor, Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed the figures in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

In the biggest setback suffered by the troops, last Friday, suspected Boko Haram elements in gun trucks and on motorcycles attacked troops locations at Gajiram and killed one officer and ten soldiers.

Another soldier was wounded.

In another incident, it emerged suspected terrorists attacked a convoy of six buses conveying some young soldiers along Ajiri-Dikwa road. Eight soldiers were killed and 18 injured.

Three have been reported missing in action.

Despite the casualties, Irabor praised the troops for their gallantry during the operations against the sect.

The military is engaged in battle with the Boko Haram militants seeking to carve an Islamic State in Africa’s most populous country of 85 million.

Over 20 000 civilians have been killed and millions displaced.

– CAJ News

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