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16 soldiers, scores of insurgents killed in Borno clash

By NDAHI MARAMA

Maiduguri— No fewer  than 16 security operatives, including soldiers and dozens of suspected members of Boko Haram terrorists were reportedly killed Tuesday night, when insurgents attacked a military post in Bulabulin Ngaura in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

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Bulabulin Ngaura is located south of Maiduguri, along the troubled Maiduguri-Biu Road, about 60 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital, which had witnessed series of attacks, road ambushes and killings by terrorists.

One of the soldiers that escaped the attack told journalists in Maiduguri: “Some of my colleagues were abducted and many others escaped with bullet wounds. Dozens of Boko Haram insurgents who stormed our checkpoint at Bulabulin were also killed.
“The terrorists came in a convoy of over 30 vehicles, mounted with anti-aircraft guns and Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs.

“I was at the checkpoint when the terrorists came. We tried our best but they had the upper hand. They had AAGs and we had AK-47 rifles. We tried our best to repel them by killing many.

“Unfortunately, due to their large number, some of us escaped to Maiduguri and other places just as about 16 of us could not make it.

“As I am talking to you, 16 bodies of our colleagues have been brought to Maiduguri. This is beside those that sustained injuries and many others that are missing in action.”

A text message sent to the Director Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade’s phone line, asking for his comments on the incident, was not replied at press time.


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