Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram
terrorists have suffered major setbacks, with the terror group sacking an Army Battalion, killing eight soldiers and wounding 11 others in two separate attacks in three days.
The army formations involved in the incidents also lost several arms and ammunition, and were on Thursday calling for urgent restocking of their armouries, according to reports.
The first incident, involving troops deployed at the Forward Operating Base in Sabon Gari, Borno State, occurred at about 6p.m. on Monday, when over 200 Boko Haram
terrorists on motorcycles suddenly descended on the base.
It was learned that the terrorists had five gun trucks on which twin-barrelled artillery guns were mounted. The Nigerian troops fought back, but were dislodged from their location after about an hour of battle.
Five soldiers were killed in action, while nine others were injured. Four other soldiers were missing.
It was gathered that hours after the unit retreated from its Sabon Gari base, the surviving troops, along with reinforcements from 25 Brigade, returned to the location in several armoured cars and buses in a counter-attack that was largely successful.
Two days later, troops of 82 Division Task Force Battalion ran into an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) laid by the terrorists.
That attack occurred at about 8:45a.m. yesterday, while the soldiers were on administrative patrol along the Ngoshe-Bokkotinta-Pulka axis.
Three soldiers were killed in the incident, while two were injured. The troops also lost one gun truck, one mine lab detector device and four AK-47 rifles.
A large number of terrorists were killed in the two incidents, while several others escaped with gunshot injuries.
The Nigerian Army authorities are yet to comment on the attacks.