The Director of Army Public Relations Col. Sani Usman has confirmed that suspected members of Boko Haram on Monday afternoon ambushed a military escort in Borno State, killing six civilians and injuring three soldiers in the process.
He said that the operations were carried out by remnants of the terrorist group who were foraging for food.
The terrorists ambushed troops of Operation Lafia Dole escorting commercial vehicles from Damboa to Maiduguri, at Sanda general area of the State.
Col. Sani Usman said:
“Unfortunately, five civilians lost their lives in the incident and another died on the way to the hospital. Three soldiers also sustained injuries.”
He stressed that the unfortunate incident has brought to the fore the need for more vigilance and cooperation among 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.”
“Troops are on the heels of the attackers and would not relent till they are apprehended or killed. Additional security measures have also been placed to avert reoccurrence.”
“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.”
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The Army Spokesman reiterated that the victims weren’t killed outside or near a church as being bandied around.
“The people from the said village are all in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Chibok”.
Usman said that those who went back to the village without authorization were moved back to Chibok two weeks ago, adding that “those killed went back on their own contrary to security advise”.