A Nigerian army commander and at least 20 soldiers have been killed in an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents in Yobe state.
According to reports, the troops were ambushed on their way from Borogozo in Yobe where the headquarters of the army’s 29 task force brigade to Benisheikh in Yobe, where they have a forward operating base (FOB).
A military source in sector 2 headquarters of operation Lafiya Dole told TheCable that the incident happened around 6pm on Wednesday.
“They were on their way to Benisheikh when they ran into the enemy. The commander of that brigade, a colonel, and about 20 soldiers were killed,” he said.
Among the bodies said to have been identified were that of a captain and four soldiers. Their bodies have since been moved to the 7 division hospital in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
Recall that in June, at least 28 soldiers were also reportedly killed while the insurgents ransacked a military base in Gajiram, Nganzai local government area of Borno.
The Nigerian Army is yet to respond to the development as at the time of filing this report.