Nigerian Army on Tuesday said its troop repelled attack by Boko Haram insurgents at a military formation in Kukareta, Damaturu Local Government Area of Yobe State.
The Army in a statement by Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Public Relations, said the insurgents had on Monday at about 6:30 pm, attacked a Military Forward Operational Base, in Kukareta community of Yobe. Nwachukwu said that the gallant troops engaged the insurgents in fierce battle and repelled the attack, killing many of them, adding that a soldier was wounded in the attack.
He also revealed that 13 soldiers and two police personnel lost their lives when they ran into an ambush by the insurgents on Damaturu-Maiduguri Road.
“In another encounter; troops of 1 Division on escort duty along Damaturu – Maiduguri Road, yesterday fought through an ambush staged by Boko Haram terrorists.
“The gallant troops engaged the terrorists in a fire fight, courageously wading through the ambush. Sadly, thirteen military and a police personnel including an officer, paid the supreme price while extricating themselves from the ambush.
“A clearance operation to pursue and eliminate the Boko Haram terrorists’ ambush party is still ongoing,” he added.
He said, bodies of the gallant soldiers and the wounded were evacuated, added that the wounded soldiers was currently receiving treatment.” he also said.