Fleeing Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly killed an Army colonel, a captain and his four escorts, as well as driver between Mainok and Jakana along Damaturu/Maiduguri highway.
A military source, while dismissing insinuations that it was an ambush, revealed that the terrorists were fleeing after an exchange of gunfire with soldiers in Jakana.
He told The Nation that, “the Colonel with his escort was just unlucky to run into the insurgents on his way from Maiduguri to Damaturu without knowledge of the ongoing attack on the highway”.
Naija News understands that the Colonel is from 29 Task Force Brigade of Sector II of Operation Lafiya Dole.
The military source also disclosed that the insurgents were dealt a heavy blow as one of their gun trucks was burnt and several of them killed.
Another source informed that two civilians were killed in the Jakana attack from stray bullets.