No fewer than 13 soldiers and two police officers were killed in an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents on Monday, The Nigerian Army has said.
In statement on Tuesday, Onyema Nwachukwu, deputy director, army public relations, said the insurgents attacked a military base in Kukareta community of Yobe around 6:30pm on Monday.
Nwachukwu said troops successfully repelled the insurgents in another attack at a military formation in Kukareta, Damaturu local government area of Yobe state on Monday.
He added that 13 soldiers and two police personnel also lost their lives when they ran into an ambush by the insurgents on Damaturu-Maiduguri Road.
He said “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.”
According to him, bodies of the soldiers and the wounded were evacuated, adding that the wounded soldier was currently receiving treatment.