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13 Soldiers, One Police Officer Killed In Yobe State, Operation Lafiya Dole Confirms

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 Boko Haram Attack On Military Base In Yobe State.

The Operation Lafiya Dole has confirmed that it lost 13 soldiers and a police officer when Boko Haram attackers ambushed them along the Damaturu-Maiduguri highway on Monday evening.

Naija News had reported how the attackers stormed the military base located in Kukareta village under Damaturu  with Heavy gunfire causing residents of the area to flee into bushes and scamper for safety.

Theatre Command’s spokesman and deputy director, Public Relations, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, who confirmed the incident in a statement, yesterday said several attackers were equally killed in another encounter.

In his words, “Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Monday 24th December 2018 repelled a Boko Haram terrorists’ attack on a Forward Operational Base at Kukareta in Damaturu Local Government Area of Yobe state.

“The terrorists, who attacked the location at about 6. 30 pm, were met with prompt and fierce response of the vigilant troops who engaged and overpowered them, killing several of the terrorists. Unfortunately however, a soldier was wounded in the encounter.

“In another encounter, troops of 1 Division on escort duty along Damaturu-Maiduguri road yesterday (Monday) 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 a police 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.

“The bodies of the gallant soldiers and the policeman and the wounded have been evacuated. The wounded soldier is currently receiving treatment.”

 

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