No less than four soldiers have been killed with 16 others injured on Sunday after militants of Boko Haram sect staged an ambush on an army convoy outside Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The attack occurred on a day the disputed leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau made his first video footage appearance in about six months.
A statement issued by the spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, revealed that troops on administrative patrol were ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents.
The statement said: “Today, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on administration patrol from Maiduguri encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and ambush between Miyanti and Dareljamal, Borno State.”
“The ambush was cleared and 3 Boko Haram terrorists were killed by the troops. They also recovered a Machine Gun, 1 AK-47 Rifle and some quantity of ammunition.
“Unfortunately, we lost an officer and 3 soldiers, while 16 soldiers and 3 Civilian JTF sustained injuries during the encounter. Similarly, 2 vehicles that entered the IED were badly damaged. The wounded have since been evacuated and are in stable condition”.
It brings to 10 the number of soldiers the Nigerian Army have confirmed killed in clashes with Boko Haram in the last six days.