The Nigerian Army has said that 9 of its soldiers paid the ultimate price on Tuesday during the fierce confrontation with the suspected Boko Haram terrorists while on a mission to rescue all the 10 NNPC staff kidnapped in Borno state by the jihadists.
Speaking on Wednesday in a statement, the Director Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, disclosed that the bodies of an officer, eight soldiers and a civilian, who died during the incident, had been recovered.
The Army spokesman said the bodies had been evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital.
It would be recalled, some suspected Boko Haram terrorists had ambushed the escort and team of Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) staff returning from oil exploration at Barno Yasu, Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno on Tuesday.
He said: “On receipt of the information, the Brigade mobilized and sent reinforcement, search and rescue party that include the Armed Forces Special Forces and guides that worked and pursued the terrorists throughout the night.
“So far, they have rescued all the NNPC staff and recovered the corpses of the Officer, 8 soldiers and a civilian have who have been evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital.
“The team recovered 4 vehicles one of which include a gun truck mounted with an Anti-Aircraft Gun, two white Hilux taken away from NNPC staff and one blue Hilux belonging to CJTF.
“The team also recovered large quantities of arms and ammunition, several spare tyres, many jerry cans containing Petroleum, Oil and Lubricant, assorted drugs, Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making materials, reflective jackets and a Motorola handheld radio, among others.
“The team also neutralized many of the terrorists.”