Over 20 soldiers of the 25 Task Force Brigade, in Damboa, Borno State, have been killed in a Boko Haram ambush.
According to report, the troops were returning from a five-day clearance operation on Tuesday when they were ambushed by the terrorists along the Maiduguri-Damboa road.
Punch reports that an undisclosed source who confirmed in the newspaper said; “Not less than 20 corpses of soldiers were retrieved from the spot where they were ambushed.
“The soldiers had been on an operation for five days and they were just 25 kilometres to reach the brigade headquarters in Damboa when they ran into the ambush.”
However, on Wednesday, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, said that the soldiers of the 25 Task Force Brigade deployed in Damboa in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Special Forces made contact with a Boko Haram ambush team along their axis of advance.
The statement revealed that the troops engaged the terrorists with overwhelming firepower, forcing them to withdraw.
“In the aftermath of the encounter, 17 Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals were neutralised as several others were believed to have narrowly escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds, while a cache of arms and ammunition were equally captured by the gallant troops.
“Regrettably, two valiant soldiers paid the supreme price, while four others were wounded in action,” the statement titled, ‘Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole obliterate Boko Haram/ISWAP in a counter ambush operation along Damboa-Maiduguri road’, the statement read.
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