Coming a day after Boko Haram members attacked an army base in Kareto, suspected members of the sect were said to have, on Tuesday morning, ambushed the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu.
The ambush was said to have taken at about 8.30am while on his way to visit troops in Bama, Borno state.
In a statement signed by Colonel Sani Usman, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, said one soldier died while two others sustained injuries when the GOC’s leading convoy were attacked.
The statement as posted on his Facebook page stated: “the Acting General Officer Commanding, GOC, 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu’s leading convoy was about 8.30am on Tuesday morning ambushed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists enroute to visit troops in Bama, Borno state, north east Nigeria.
“Although 1 soldier lost his life and 2 others were injured, they were able to clear the ambush, killing some of the terrorists and recovered vehicle and weapons from them. The recovered items include a Toyota Hilux vehicle, 2 AK-47 rifles and several ammunitions.
“The Acting GOC has continued his operational visit to Bama, while the body of the late soldier and the wounded have been evacuated to Maiduguri. The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has also spoken with the GOC.
“The Nigerian Army wish to reiterate its unalloyed commitment and determination to continue to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding”, the statement stated.