Another soldier of the Nigerian Army simply identified as Lt. Muktar, has been confirmed dead following injuries he sustained during a Boko Haram ambush.
Major General Lucky Irabor, the commander of the Nigerian Army in the north-east, in a press statement released on Wednesday, November 23, confirmed the death of BU Umar, a senior Nigerian soldier who was killed on Tuesday, November 15 by the insurgents in addition to that of another lieutenant identified as Muktar.
The statement read in part:
“On 15 Nov 16 at about 0930hrs own troops while on patrol to MUBI encountered an IED explosion along Bitta – Pirang road and thereafter were ambushed by BHT.
“Troops successfully cleared the ambush after a fight and unfortunately the Commanding Officer, Lt. Col BU Umar lost his life on the spot. Subsequently, Lt. Muktar also died in the hospital where 8 other soldiers who are wounded in action were receiving treatment. The wounded soldiers have been responding to treatment.
“In all the operations, a total of 5,235 people were rescued from the BHT.”
Explaining the reason for the recent successes recorded by the insurgents, the Army commander said:
“The impact of recent bombings in Maiduguri, though sad and unfortunate, was minimal due to the alertness of troops and other security agencies.
“Apart from the one wherein 2 CJTF personnel were killed and some others wounded, only the terrorists died, while one was captured alive. The captured suicide bomber is assisting in the investigation into cases of suicide bombings.
“The incidents are only indicative of a weakened and defeated BHT. Their ignoble adventure is destined to fail totally.”
Recall that on the evening of November 4, Nigerians were thrown into mourning as a result of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Muhammed Abu-Ali, commanding officer of 272 Tank Battalion and his troops who were killed in an ambush by Boko Haram.
Barely two weeks after that, we reported the death of Col. Umar’s, a lieutenant colonel and commanding officer of 114 TF battalion of the Nigerian Army who was ambushed alongside his troops on Tuesday morning between Bita and Piridang.
According to the report:
“His vehicle stepped on an improvised explosive device, but he was not hurt. He came out to assess the damage on the vehicle and Boko Haram opened fire and killed him in the process.”