Boko Haram

18 Nigerian soldiers, 5 officers, 8 trucks still missing after Boko Haram ambushed troops on Saturday in Bama, Borno State

Nigerian Army clear Boko Haram during Operation Deep Punch II in Sabil Huda, Sambisa Forest

The whereabouts of 23 Nigerian soldiers is currently unknown following an ambush on the troops at a village known as Boboshe in Bama local Government Area of Borno State.

According to an undisclosed source who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), 11 trucks of troops were mobilized following information that the insurgents were in the area.

The troops were however reportedly ambushed by the Boko Haram who were in there hundreds and since then, these gallant 23 soldiers (including 5 officers) are nowhere to be found.

The source also added that out of the 11 trucks, only 3 returned back to the base in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

“There was a quick response by the army when they received reports that hundreds of the insurgents gathered at Boboshe on Maiduguri-Konduga-Bama road.

“The gallant soldiers were ambushed by the insurgents, only three of the 11 trucks returned to the base.

“It is not clear what happened but it was assumed the soldiers were missing following the ambush,” he added.

There was also another report of an attack by the insurgent in Jilli community in Gubio Local Government Area of the state.

Residents of the community have reportedly fled the community following the attack by the deadly group.

According to one Bukar Mustapha, a resident of the community, they fled their home when they received report that Boko Haram were coming to storm their community.

“In the afternoon on Saturday, we heard that the insurgents gathered in the nearby bush preparing for the attack.

“I am one of those who ran to Maiduguri, which is about 45 kilometres from my village.

“On Sunday morning, I called Gubio and I was told that the insurgents had attacked the town during the night time. I do not have the casualties because the situation is still not clear at Jilli,” Mustapha said.

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