No fewer than 20 soldiers and an army commander lost their lives during a gun duel with Boko Haram insurgents in Yobe state on Wednesday.
The Cable reports that the troops were ambushed on their way from Borogozo in Yobe where the headquarters of the army’s 29 task force brigade to Benisheikh in Yobe, where they have a forward operating base (FOB).
“They were on their way to Benisheikh when they ran into the enemy. The commander of that brigade, a colonel, and about 20 soldiers were killed,” a military source said.
It was learnt that reinforcement was sent to the town and it was confirmed that the brigade commander had been killed.
The corpses of a captain and four soldiers already identified have since been moved to the 7 division hospital in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, while one of the soldiers who escaped the ambush has returned to the base in Benisheikh.