The convoy of the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, was Saturday ambushed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Faljari village between Mafa and Dikwa, during the Army Chief’s visit to Borno State, THISDAY gathered.
The attack, which left one soldier and 10 terrorists dead, occurred while Buratai was on a morale-boosting visit to the troops in the insurgent-threatened areas of Mafa, Dikwa and Logomani.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, confirmed the failed terrorist ambush in a statement. The statement, however, did not specifically use the word convoy, it said ‘leading column.’ He said:
“The terrorists encountered an overwhelming fire power from the troops in which 10 of them were killed. During the encounter, sadly, we lost a soldier, while an officer and four soldiers sustained gunshot wounds”, he said.
The DAPR also disclosed that the arrested terrorists were being interrogated, while the remains of the ‘gallant soldier’ and the wounded soldiers were evacuated back to Maiduguri.
He also gave assurance that the wounded soldiers were stable and responding to treatment at 7 Division Hospital and Medical Services.