No fewer than six soldiers have been reportedly killed in two separate Boko Haram ambushes in Borno State over the weekend.
Military and civilian JTF sources said on Monday that four troops were killed and 12 injured on Sunday when their convoy was attacked near Damboa, 90 kilometres from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
Two soldiers were reportedly killed in the same area on Saturday, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not allowed to talk to the media.
A military officer in Maiduguri said Sunday’s ambush happened when troops were on patrol between the villages of Nyeneri and Falawani.
“The terrorists came in huge numbers and attacked the convoy using IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and gun trucks,” he added.
A member of the civilian self-defence force gave a similar account and death toll, and said the terrorists made off with weapons before reinforcements arrived.
He added: “Two soldiers died on Saturday when the six vehicles they travelling in came under heavy attack from Boko Haram near Bulaburin (village),” said the civilian JTF source.
The attacks came days after the military replaced the officer leading troops fighting Boko Haram following a surge in attacks, including against military outposts.