Troops escorting commercial vehicles from Damboa to Maiduguri were on Monday, ambushed by members of the Boko Haram sect, killing six people.
This was disclosed by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Kukasheka Usman, according to him, the incident occurred at Sanda general area; he said, three soldiers sustained injuries from the attack and have been evacuated to Maiduguri.
“Consequently, another robust patrol team has been despatched to reinforce the troops, clear the general area and pursue the terrorists,” the Spokesman added.
”This unfortunate incident has brought to the fore the need for more vigilance and cooperation amongst all.
”We would like to assure the public that we would not allow this isolated incident to thwart the peace and security commuters enjoy along the route and all other opened routes in the North East,” he said.
He assured that troops will said not relent in their effort to apprehend or kill the insurgents, as they have gone after the attackers.
“Additional security measures have also been put in place to avert reoccurrence,” he said.
More so, Col. Usman said the reported attack near Chibok, did not take place close to a church, as was reported in the media on Sunday.
”What happened was that two persons were murdered at Kwamjilari village, which is over 30 kilometres from Chibok, and very close to Sambisa forest, by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists looking for food.
”We wish to reiterate that they weren’t killed outside or near a church as being rumoured.
“The people from the said village are all in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Chibok.
”Those who went back to the village without authorisation were moved back to Chibok two weeks ago.
”Those killed went back on their own contrary to security advice,” he said.
He noted that a team has been deployed from Chibok to the village, with the assurance that adequate measures would be taken to ensure no one goes back to the village for now.