Two gallant soldiers of the Nigerian Army have been reported dead during the ongoing offensive operations against Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.
A soldier of the 21 Brigade, who was involved in the raids, cordon and search operations and patrols was reported initially injured before he died, while another soldier died when troops of 3 Battalion convoy from Dikwa to Gamboru Ngala stepped on series of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) buried by suspected Boko Haram terrorists between Gajibo and Logomani.
Speaking on the tragedy, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said 4 other soldiers and a civilian vigilante sustained injuries.
The spokesman for the Army also said the body of the soldier and those injured have since been evacuated.
“Yesterday afternoon, troops of the 3 Battalion convoy from Dikwa to Gamboru Ngala unknowingly stepped on series of improvised explosive devices, IEDs buried by suspected Boko Haram terrorists between Gajibo and Logomani, where a soldier was killed and four others and a civilian vigilante sustained injuries.”
“The body of the late gallant soldier and those injured have since evacuated,” he said.
The troops also conveyed 398 internally displaced persons, IDPs, back to Gwoza, former caliphate of the Boko Haram terrorists group in preparations for the resettlement of victims in their various communities.
Still speaking, the Army spokesperson said troops of 22 Brigade “has conducted operations in which it cleared four towns and villages where they recovered weapons and rescued 400 persons held hostages by the terrorists.”
The statement added that, “troops of 26 task force Brigade also ambushed Boko Haram terrorists yesterday at Uvaha, killing many of them while troops of 114 task force Battalion rescued another 72 persons held hostages by Boko Haram terrorists at Jaje.”