The Nigerian army has confirmed that three of its personnel have been killed, while eight were injured in an ambush by Boko Haram on Friday.
According to Colonel Sagir Musa, the acting director of army public relations, the terrorists ambushed troops of Sector 3, Operation LAFIYA DOLE attached to Super Camp Monguno, while on patrol in Borno State.
But the army said the troops also dealt a huge blow to the insurgents along Monguno-Mairari-Gajiram axis.
Musa said the troops returned “heavy volume of fire that neutralised countless number while a few escaped with gunshot wounds going by blood trails in the general area.”
He also stated that some weapons and equipment were recovered from the terrorists.
“Sadly, during the encounter three of our gallant soldiers paid the supreme price while 8 other soldiers sustained injuries.
“The bodies of the fallen heroes and those that sustained injuries have since been evacuated. The wounded are being treated and are in stable condition. The highly motivated troops have continued combing the general area with a view to clear remnants of hiding terrorists,” he also said.
Lieutenant General TY Buratai, the Chief of Staff, along with some principal officer from the Army Headquarters, Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE and other Commanders, visited the troops and those injured, Musa further said.