Nigerian military has lost yet another valiant soldier to the cold hands of death in the course of fighting the war against Boko Haram. According to Premium Times, army sources disclosed that a senior Nigerian soldier, B.U. Umar, was killed on Tuesday, November 15 by the insurgents.
The deceased who was a lieutenant colonel and commanding officer of 114 TF battalion of the Nigerian Army was ambushed alongside his troops on Monday morning between Bita and Piridang.
“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.”
It was gathered that the soldiers were going to Yola in Adamawa State from Bita in Borno State when the incident occurred and as at the time of this report, the complete number of casualty from the attack is not yet known.
Late B.U. Umar took over the command of the 114 battalion just about three weeks ago. He was a member of the 48 Regular Course in the Nigeria Defence Academy, NDA.
When Sani Usman, the Army spokesperson was contacted to confirm the incident, he said he was not aware of the occurrence but however, assured that he would seek further confirmation from appropriate authorities.
The death of Lt. Col Umar comes barely two weeks after Lieutenant Colonel Muhammed Abu-Ali, and his troops were killed in another ambush by Boko Haram. Fourteen Boko Haram insurgents and four other soldiers died in the attack, the army said.
Abu Ali, commanding officer of 272 Tank Battalion, is reputed as the army’s bravest commander and fighter in Nigeria’s ongoing anti-terrorism war. A top Army source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the attack occurred at Mallam Fatori, a major Boko Haram stronghold on the northernmost tip of Borno State, on the evening of November 4.
The source said Lt. Col Abu-Ali was hit by several bullets as he tried to reinforce troops to repel an ongoing attack in the town.