Nigeria has reportedly lost an officer of the Nigerian Army and seven soldiers to the Boko Haram terrorists.
The Gazelle News.com learnt from PRNigeria, a news distribution platform, that the incident occurred during a fierce battle which took place on Tuesday, 21 January, 2020 between troops of the Nigerian Army and the insurgents.
The battle took place in Mainok, 60 kilometres from Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, northeast Nigeria.
The Gazelle News.com learnt that although the Nigerian troops finally repelled the terrorist attack, which took place around 1pm on the day, the casualty figure was high on the Nigerian side with the death of the officer and the seven soldiers as well as five soldiers seriously injured and two others still missing in action.
Apart from these, two gun trucks and three anti-aircraft equipment have not been accounted for.
The Gazelle News.com also learnt that the insurgents were also battered and killed with several of them seriously injured.
The source also confirmed that the bodies of the fallen soldiers have been recovered and the wounded moved to a medical facility for treatment.
When contacted, the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Colonel Sagir Musa, did not respond to a media enquiry on the incident.
However, another Army Spokesperson informed that the military will issue a formal statement on the issues as details are being expected from the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole.
There has been a spike in the attacks by Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists on both military and civilian targets.
Unfortunately, the terrorists have turned the Maiduguri-Damaturu routes into a death Zone and recently killed the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Michika Chapter in Adamawa State among other atrocities.
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