Boko Haram attacks military convoy escorting commuters in Borno…as Army debunks alleged church attack

Suspected members of Boko Haram, said to be foraging for food, on Monday, ambushed troops of Operation Lafiya Dole escorting commercial vehicles from Damboa to Maiduguri, at Sanda general area, in Borno State.

Five civilians lost their lives in the incident while another died on the way to the hospital.

Three soldiers also sustained injuries in the attack.

A statement from the army confirmed this and said that those wounded in the attack were evacuated to Maiduguri.

The statement noted that robust patrol team was dispatched to reinforce the troops, clear the general area and pursue the terrorists.

In the statement, the army assured the public that the isolated incident would not be allowed to thwart the peace and security which commuters enjoyed along the route and all other opened routes in the North-East.

It noted that the troops were on the heels of the attackers and would not relent till they were apprehended or killed.

In addition, the army clarified that the alleged suspected Boko Haram terrorists attack at Chibok was not correct.

It said what happened was that two persons were murdered at Kwamjilari village, which is over 30 kilometres from Chibok, and very close to Sambisa forest, by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists looking for food.

“We wish to reiterate that they weren’t killed outside or near a church as being bandied around,” the statement noted.

It went further to say that, “Those who went back to the village without authorisation were moved back to Chibok two weeks ago. Those killed went back on their own contrary to security advice.

“Nevertheless, a patrol team was sent from Chibok to the village this morning (Monday.) Adequate measures would be taken to ensure no one goes back to the village for now.”