Obinwannem reports that scores of Nigerian soldiers have been killed by the terror group Bokoharam on their way back from Alagarno, in Yobe State.
The ambush which took place near Goneri, Yobe state on Monday was said to have claimed the lives of 50 to 75 soldiers according to residents living in the area.
The Nigerian military has delivered a statement late Tuesday through it’s Coordinator of Directorate of Defence Media Operations (DDMO), John Enenche.
Refusing to confirm the number of casualties, Enenche told newsmen in Abuja, “The Nigerian military suffered some casualties in the unfortunate attack,”
The army spokesperson went on to say the situation was under control. ”However the Air Component of OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE scrambled immediately and provided Close Air Support to the ground troops.
“While the Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform as well as the fighter jets engaged the Boko Haram Terrorists immobilizing killing some of the terrorists and immobilizing a gun truck. Some others who attempted to withdraw were also mopped up by the jets in follow-on attacks.
He further commiserated with the grieving military families while reassuring the nation. “The Defence Headquarters commiserate with the families of our fallen gallant heroes who paid the supreme price in the course of defending our fatherland.
“We assure Nigerians that the Armed forces and other security agencies in furtherance of the objective of restoring peace and security in the North East and other parts of the country will continue to sustain the offensive against the enemies of our nation.” Enenche said.
Chukwugozie Okeke reporting, Obinwannem News