Thursday, July 18, 2019

Boko Haram kills Colonel, five soldiers in Borno

An Army colonel, a captain and his four escorts, as well as driver, have been killed by rampaging Boko Haram insurgents between Mainok and Jakana along Damaturu/Maiduguri highway.

Sources revealed the Colonel and his convoy ran into some fleeing insurgents after a heavy gunfire exchange with soldiers at Jakana in an attack that lasted for hours.

A military source denied insinuations that it was an ambush. He said: “The Colonel with his escort was just unlucky to run into the insurgents on his way from Maiduguri to Damaturu without knowledge of the ongoing attack on the highway”.

The source also confirmed that the Colonel is from 29 Task Force Brigade of Sector II of Operation Lafiya Dole. The source also informed the insurgents were dealt a heavy blow as one of their gun trucks was burnt and several of them killed. Another source informed that two civilians were killed in the Jakana attack from stray bullets.