The military at the weekend lost four officers in a gun duel involving its Special Forces of Army (SFA) and Boko Haram insurgents who were attempting to seize the Buni/Yadi military base in Gujba council area of Yobe State. Five others were wounded in the battle.Five terrorists were also neutralised by the soldiers that were protecting the formation.
Army spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, confirmed the development in a statement yesterday.“Unfortunately, an officer and three soldiers lost their lives during the encounter. Five others were also injured and are in stable condition receiving medical attention in the Brigade ambulance,” he said.
According to him, during the fierce exchange, “five Boko Haram terrorists were killed, while dozens escaped into the bush in trucks and weaponry with gunshot wounds.”
Musa said nine AK-47 rifles, an anti-aircraft gun and ammunition were recovered from the insurgents.On how the army base was invaded, the spokesman noted: “Though the terrorists appeared prepared for the attack as they approached the military location in four gun trucks, a Mine Resistant Ambush Protection, one MOWAC and assorted arms and ammunition, they, however, suffered heavy losses. Read more