Boko Haram

Defence HQ confirms killing of 47 soldiers by Boko Haram

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Tuesday announced the killing of 47 soldiers in Borno State.

The DHQ in the statement noted that the military rained bombs on the Boko Haram hideouts in reprisal against the killing of the soldiers in an ambush in Gorgi.

AFP had reported 70 death in the gruesome attack that happened at Gorgi in Allargano forest in Borno State.

Maj. Gen. John Enenche, the Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations, in a statement in Abuja said that the terrorists ambushed the military vehicle conveying logistics and artillery, which included bombs and other weapons.

According to the DHQ, the terrorists shot at the vehicle which triggered the bomb to exploded, killings soldiers and some of the insurgents.

“As you know, we are in a fluid conflict situation and our gallant troops are out there at the frontlines. Ladies and gentlemen, between 21 and 23 March 2020, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, were on clearance and fighting patrol operation to Gorgi in Borno State, which was successfully done.

“However, during consolidation, they were ambushed by elements of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT). Sadly, we suffered some casualties in the unfortunate attack. Forty-seven soldiers were killed and 15 soldiers were wounded.”

“Accordingly, air assets, including Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform and fighter jets were immediately scrambled to provide close air support to the troops. While the ISR platform provided situational awareness to the troops, the fighter jets engaged the BHTs, immobilising a gun truck and neutralising some of the terrorists. Some others, who attempted to beat a hasty retreat, were mopped up by the jets in follow-on attacks.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria, in furtherance of the objective of restoring peace and security in the Northeast will continue to sustain the offensive against the enemies of our nation,” he stated.

“The Defence Headquarters commiserate with the families of our fallen gallant heroes who paid the supreme price in the course of defending our fatherland.

“We assure Nigerians that the armed forces and other security agencies in furtherance of the objective of restoring peace and security in the North-east and other parts of the country will continue to sustain the offensive against the enemies of our nation,” he said.

He said that the names and identities of the deceased soldiers were currently being collated.

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