Boko Haram Kills 20 Nigerian Soldiers, Several Injured In Borno

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Not fewer than 20 have been killed and several other injured an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists Tuesday , DailyTrust has reported.

The sad incident happened during an ambush, sources have said.

It was learnt that the incident occurred along Damboa/Maiduguri highway at about 30 kilometers away from Damboa town.

A security source said that the terrorists opened troops which resulted the deaths of many .

“It was so sad, our troops went clearing operations the way back to Damboa at 30 kilometers away.

“The terrorists laid an ambushed and shot from every angle.

“We lost more than a dozen .

“The corpses of the soldiers have been evacuated to Maiduguri as well as those who sustained injures.

“They are currently receiving treatment the military facility,” a security source said.

But, the Defence Headquarters is insisting that that is not what happened.

It said troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, on July 7, eliminated 17 Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents in the ambush.

The Coordinator, Defence Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a on Wednesday, said that only soldiers died, while four were wounded in the encounter.

Enenche said the success was recorded by the troops of 25 Brigade, deployed at Damboa in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Special , while on clearance operations along the route.

He said the troops outflanked and engaged the criminals with overwhelming volume of , forcing the terrorists to withdraw in disarray.

According to him, in the aftermath of the encounter, 17 Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals were neutralised, while several others were believed to have narrowly escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds.

He added that cache of arms and ammunition were equally captured by the troops.

“Regrettably, valiant soldiers paid the supreme price while four others were wounded in action.

“However, the wounded in action soldiers have been evacuated to a military medical facility and currently responding positively to treatment,” he said.