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Gongon ambush: More missing soldiers found in stable condition

Kaduna – The Nigerian Army has said that troops on search and rescue operation have found five more soldiers and officers declared missing in last Wednesday’s ambush at Gongon village in Borno.

Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Saturday that the commanding officer of the unit was among those found by the search party.

He said the soldiers and officers were found early on Saturday morning and taken to the nearest army medical facility for care.

“It will be recalled that some of our troops were missing in action after an ambush at Guro Gongon on July 20, 2016.

“Consequently, concerted efforts were initiated to search for and rescue them. The measures include the use of air assets, special forces and patrols.

“We wish to inform you that the search party has this morning found five more officers and soldiers that were declared missing in action, including the unit’s commanding officer.

“Although they are in a stable condition, they have been moved to our medical facilities for medical care,’’ he said.

19 personnel comprising 16 soldiers and three officers were declared missing by army authorities after an ambush on troops at Guro Gongon village.

Six of the missing soldiers were earlier reported to have returned to the troops’ defensive position.


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