The major highway between Maiduguri to Damboa and Damboa to Maiduguri highway was yesterday closed as troops of Operation Hadin Kai engaged Boko Haram in a long shootout.
Our correspondent gathered that the suspected members of Jam’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jih alias Boko Haram group yesterday ambushed troops of Operation Hadin Kai escorting commercial vehicles from Maiduguri to Damboa in Falouja village in Borno State.
Local sources who escaped the attack told the ambush which triggered a heavy exchange of gunfire between the terrorists and the soldiers forced the passengers in the convoy to scamper for safety.
A security source disclosed that the terrorists attacked the troops with a rocket propelled grenade before following it with a rapid gunfire.
The source said one soldier was killed after sustaining bullet wounds while three others injured noting that they were evacuated to Damboa hospital for treatment.
“Despite the attack by the insurgents, the troops were able to safeguard all the passengers safely to their destination,” the source said.