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Nigerian Army loses colonel, five soldiers in fresh Boko Haram ambush

AT least six soldiers including a colonel were killed in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Wednesday evening.

Multiple sources reported that the insurgents opened fire on the patrol vehicle carrying the soldiers in Jakana, close to the state capital Maiduguri, Borno State.

The insurgents were said to be those of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

They launched the attack on the soldiers of the 29 Task Force Brigade who were on their way to Maiduguri from Damaturu, the capital of neighbouring Yobe State. The attack took place at about 6:20 pm.

The remains of the colonel and five others were taken  to a Nigerian Army medical facility in Maiduguri.

After the ambush, the insurgents also attacked a military base just outside Jakana in seven trucks fitted with machine guns, engaging troop.

A reinforcement was sent from the 29 Task Force Brigade Headquarters in Benisheik to the outpost in Jakana.

The attack was however repelled by soldiers at the base, with the suspected Boko Haram fighters abandoning their weapons and one vehicle as they fled.

The Nigerian Army has not publicly announced the details of the attack.

In June, at least 28 soldiers were reportedly killed while the insurgents ransacked a military base in Gajiram, Nganzai local government area of Borno.

Boko Haram has been on a killing spree despite the Nigerian government’s efforts and claims that the war was in its last days.
Hundreds of soldiers have been killed since Boko Haram began focusing on military bases in July 2018, casualties that included at least six senior officers and commanders.

The Nigerian military has made inroads in curtailing the insurgent’s operations to three states which include Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. They’ve operated across Northern Nigeria including in the Federal capital, Abuja.

However, the Boko Haram group is still able to attack military and civilians in the three states where it currently operates.

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