5 Soldiers Dead, 3 Missing in Boko Haram Attack – Army

The Nigerian Army has said that five soldiers, including a Lieutenant, were killed by Boko Haram insurgents in the attack on Magumeri town in Borno State on Wednesday night.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, confirmed this in a statement on Friday.
He also disclosed that three soldiers were missing in action.
He did not disclose the names of the deceased soldiers or those missing in action.
He said in the statement: “Troops chased fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists up to Doho, Mina Maideni, Donari, Salari, and Lawari villages. After hot pursuit and mop up the troops were able to neutralise an unconfirmed number of Boko Haram terrorists.
“Unfortunately we lost an officer and four soldiers, while three others were still missing.”
Soldiers had, Wednesday night, ran into an ambush by the Boko Haram insurgents.
However, they were repelled in what was described by the military as what could have turned out a massacre.
Dozens of Boko Haram fighters were said to have attacked Magumeri, a village 52 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital.
The attackers’ mission, according to Brig-General Usman, was to kill everyone in the community and then set the village ablaze.
But soldiers deployed in the area fought off the insurgents who stormed the village at about 6 p.m.
Usman said the Army gathered intelligence that some residents of the village largely helped those that attacked Magumeri.
He said troops were in pursuit of the attackers, most of whom had escaped with gunshot wounds.
He said the attack on Magumeri could not have been possible without the help of residents of the community.
He said most of the killed Boko Haram fighters were faces known to many members of the agrarian community.
“While troops are still consolidating and mopping up, it is imperative to state that preliminary investigation shows that the attackers of Magumeri came from the same community.
“The terrorists that attack the village are well known to the people.
“It should also be noted that the village was never attacked throughout the period of the insurgency for some inexplicable reasons. The terrorists and their collaborators hibernating in the area were never exposed. There seems to be unholy alliance between the terrorists and the villagers.
“Consequently, we are constrained to state that it is now high time for the people to take up the fight themselves and help the Nigerian military and other security agencies to protect them. It is a grievous mistake and criminal offence to continue to shield or harbour any known Boko Haram terrorist in their midst.
“The terrorists must be exposed and their movements promptly reported to the security agencies. The terrorists are inhuman and barbaric, therefore cannot be trusted to spare anyone in perpetuating their inhuman acts.
“It is imperative that all communities in the North East especially Borno State, should fully cooperate with the military and the Security agencies by exposing Boko Haram terrorists in their respective towns and villages,” he added.

Author: News Editor

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