By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri
AT least 10 troopers and 20 insurgents have been killed on Saturday in a gun struggle, following the ambush of troops by Boko Haram sect alongside Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu street in Borno State.
One of the troopers misplaced his life alongside Pulka-Ngoshe street in one other hearth struggle.
The incident, in keeping with a number of sources, occurred individually round neighborhood of Dogon Waye (Defunct NITEL Masts, which is about 45km drive alongside Maiduguri – Damboa street.
On Pulka -Ngoshe street, the supply stated the “incident came about round Bokko settlement (Pulka/Bokko ward) in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno state, with 10 others significantly injured, whereas some troopers are lacking uptill now. The troops have been stated to be heading to their base at Ngoshe city when the assault occurred. Bokko settlement is located alongside Pulka – Ngoshe street , behind Gwoza Mandara mountain which shares border with Cameroun.
One of the attention witnesses, a passengers, Ali Isa, who managed to flee the assault, stated: “Several members of Boko Haram sect laid ambush along Damboa road at about 2pm and opened fire on military escort vehicles. This led to exchange of gunfire, a situation that left many victims to flee into the bush for safety.”
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He famous that lots of people, together with some members of Civilian Joint Task Force, CJTF, in firm of the safety escort automobiles, needed to have interaction the terrorists, with many victims nonetheless lacking at press time.
A member of the Civilian-JTF, who isn’t licensed to speak to the press, however fortunately escaped unharmed in the course of the ambush, confirmed to Vanguard yesterday that over 20 terrorists and 9 troopers died within the assault.
“During the conflict, greater than 20 terrorists have been killed. Unfortunately, we additionally misplaced 9 of our troopers that have been escorting travellers from Maiduguri to Damboa. The attackers had additionally gone away with patrol car belonging to our vigilante operatives who have been additionally a part of the escort workforce, “ the CJTF member stated.
Another motorists who maneuvered and made a u-turn again to Maiduguri, Mallam Usman Abdulahi, stated the attackers didn’t confront civilian travellers.
The navy authorities didn’t make any touch upon the assaults. A textual content message despatched to the performing Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, was not replied.
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