Boko haram terrorists have ambushed troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE escorting commercial vehicles from Damboa to Maiduguri, at Sanda general area, Borno State, Nigerian Army says.
The incident which took place on Monday afternoon, claimed the lives of five civilians and one other person who died on the way to the hospital.
Three soldiers also sustained injuries in the attack. The wounded have been evacuated to Maiduguri.
“Consequently, another robust patrol team has been despatched to reinforce the troops, clear the general area and pursue the terrorists.
The incident again brings to the fore the need for more vigilance and cooperation.
We would like to assure the public that we would not allow this isolated incident to thwart the peace and security commuters enjoy along the route and all other opened routes in the North East.
“Troops are on the heels of the attackers and would not relent till they are apprehended or killed”, an army statement read in part.
The Nigerian Army gave the assurance that security measures have also been taken to avert recurrence.
In addition, the Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE clarified the issue of terrorists’ attack in Chibok.
“The alleged suspected boko haram terrorists attack at Chibok is not correct.
What happened was that, 2 persons were murdered at Kwamjilari village, (which is over 30 kilometres from Chibok, and very close to Sambisa forest), by suspected remnants of boko haram terrorists looking for food.
We wish to reiterate that they weren’t killed outside or near a church as being bandied around.
The people from the said village are all in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Chibok.
Those who went back to the village without authorization were moved back to Chibok 2 weeks ago. Those killed went back on their own contrary to security advice,” Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani K Usman explained.
The Army however stated that adequate measures would be taken to ensure that no one goes back to the village for now.