Sunday, 2 September 2018


Emerging report revealed that over 30 Soldiers have been killed in a battle with boko haram insurgents, at Zari, in Borno State, about 30 kilometers from Damasak, the Headquarters of Mobbar Local Government Area in the State.

Although, Army sources gave the number of Soldiers killed as 30, while 20 were said to have sustained serious wounds, the Civilian Joint Task Force, JTF, and other sources, disclosed that an estimated 40 Soldiers were killed in total.

The sources said that the insurgents sacked the entire village.

An Army source confirmed on Sunday morning, that troops suffered heavy casualties, and that the insurgents carted away with weapons abandoned by the fleeing troops.

After a gun battle that lasted for a few hours, the Army source revealed that the Soldiers fled into bushes, before a fighter jet arrived to save the situation.

“We lost many Soldiers in the duel, and many of them are still missing, because they are yet to return to the Damasak base. We equally lost weapons to the attackers”, the source noted.

In a statement, the Nigerian Military confirmed that the troops fought the boko haram “insurgents… on rampage to loot the community and extort money from villagers.

“Troops… have successfully routed boko haram insurgents, in an encounter that ensued yesterday evening, at Zari village”, the Military said in the statement.

It did not speak of Military casualties, and the raid on the base, but maintained that “several boko haram fighters and weapons” were destroyed in the fight.

Boko haram has intensified attacks on Military targets in recent months.

The attacks appear to undermine repeated claims by the Military that boko haram has been defeated.

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