Boko Haram Ambushes GOC 7 Division In Borno, Kills 1 Soldier

Barely 24 hours after an army formation in Kareto Village of Northern Borno State was attacked by Boko Haram, some gunmen believed to be part of the insurgents had Tuesday ambushed the convoy of General Officer Commanding 7 Division Nigerian Army and killed a soldier, officials said.

The attack was carried out between Kawuri and Bama town along the Maiduguri Bama road.

Spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, who confirmed this, said the soldiers were able to stand their ground and gunned down the attackers.

“The leading elements of the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu’s leading convoy  was about 8.30am this morning ambushed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists enroute to visit troops in Bama”, Colonel Usman said.

“Although one soldier lost his life and 2 others were injured, they were able to clear the ambush, killing some of the terrorists and recovered  vehicle and weapons from them. The recovered items include a Toyota Hilux vehicle, 2 AK-47 rifles and several ammunitions.

“The Acting GOC has continued his operational visit to Bama, while the body of the late soldier and the wounded have been evacuated to Maiduguri. The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has also spoken with the GOC.”

“The Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate its unalloyed commitment and determination to continue to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists wherever they may be hiding.”

- Leadership