The terrorists around 6.30pm stopped some commercial vehicles along the road near a military checkpoint and used them as a shield to shoot at the soldiers.
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Boko Haram Ambushed Nigerian Soldiers Killed Many A colonel, a captain, four soldiers and a villager were shot dead after an ambush by the Boko Haram sects along Damaturu Road near Jakana community in Borno State, on Wednesday evening.
According to the reports gathered, the terrorists around 6.30pm stopped some commercial vehicles along the road near a military checkpoint and used them as a shield to shoot at the soldiers.
The gunfire took the life of a villager, five soldiers leaving two others were injured.
The soldiers killed are said to be at the checkpoint while trying to counter the terrorists’ attack.
A source close to the Military who could not yet reveal the names of the captain and soldiers, said, “a colonel was reported to have been killed too, as well as soldiers attached to the 29 Task Force Brigade in Benisheik under the 7 Division, Maiduguri.”
The body of the deceased has been deposited at the morgue of the Nigerian Army medical facility in Maiduguri.
A military source said, “On Wednesday during the Boko Haram attack, there were commercial vehicles on the road. A Regimental Sergeant Major, who was travelling to Maiduguri, was intercepted during the attack, and they killed him.
“Actually, the fighters also attacked some soldiers who were on duty at a checkpoint, bombarded their formation and killed some of them.
“It was in Jakana. The RSM was on leave, and he was coming in a casual dress. He was not in uniform. He was returning to Maiduguri. The fighters attacked some commercial vehicles. They even burnt a Toyota Hilux.
“They didn’t know they killed officers because they were not in uniform. The General Officer Commanding (Maj Gen Abdulmalik Biu) was there (Jakana) on Thursday for about three hours.
“A hospital guard confirmed that injured villagers were brought to his medical facility and one of them died on Thursday. The fighters didn’t attack the village. They attacked our formation. But three villagers were injured in the attack and one of them died on Thursday.”