Boko Haram kills top Nigerian Army commander – Photos

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Newsone Nigeria reports Nigerian Army Colonel and veteran of the decade’s long military campaign against Boko Haram was killed in an ambush on Monday, September 21.

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It was learned that Colonel Dahiru Bako died from injuries sustained when his team encountered a prolonged ambush laid by the Boko Haram splinter faction recognized as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

 

The spokesman of the Nigeria Army’s Operation Lafiya Dole, Ado Isa, in a press statement, confirmed the death, saying that the colonel died in a military hospital where he was receiving treatment after the ambush.

 

Bako was until his death the commander of 25 Task Force Brigade in Damboa. He was widely respected by soldiers for his bravery and leading troops in the frontline including in battles in dreaded Alagarno forest.

Nigerian Army statement on killing of Colonel Dahiru Bako by Boko Haram

The statement reads as thus; “Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to intimate the general public of the demise of one of our gallant and finest war heroes Col DC Bako. It could be recalled that the professional, gallant senior officer who always led from the front and a patriotic Nigerian, led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorits from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020. Under his able leadership, the troops cleared the ambush resulting to the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment.

 

“Sadly however, he was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment. The late senior officer was recuperating well after successful operation at the hospital, in good spirit and also said his prayers in the early hours of this morning before his sad passing at the hospital. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest. Ameen.

 

“The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai on behalf of himself, gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and indeed well meaning Nigerians hereby express his heartfelt condolences to his esteemed family. We are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the motherland. May God grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Col DC Bako and the souls of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who paid the supreme prize in the defence of our father land.”

 

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