Boko Haram terrorists, who were foraging for food, yesterday, ambushed troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE escorting commercial vehicles from Damboa to Maiduguri, at Sanda general area of Borno State, killing five civilians on the spot.
A statement by the acting director, Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman, said one persons died on the way to hospital, while three soldiers also sustained injuries, adding that the injured had been evacuated to Maiduguri.
The statement said another robust patrol team has been despatched to reinforce the troops, clear the general area and pursue the terrorists.
This unfortunate incident Usman said had brought to the fore the need for more vigilance and cooperation amongst 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.
In addition, the Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to clarify that alleged suspected Boko Haram terrorists attack at Chibok is not correct” the statement said.
He further said 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.
“We wish to reiterate that they weren’t killed outside or near a church as being bandied around.