By Kingsley Omonobi
Abuja – Barely 24 hours afer the Nigerian Army announced the death of 4 soldiers and 22 terrorists in a clash in Borno, anothèr officer and 3 soldiers have been killed and 16 soldiers wounded after a fierce fight in Maiduguri.
In another development, 4 vigilantes were killed and 9 others sustained injuries when troops rebuffed an attack on Godogodo community in Kaduna state on Sunday.
A statement from Army headquarters detailing the confrontations said, “Today, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on administration patrol from Maiduguri encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and ambush between Miyanti and Dareljamal, Borno State.
“The ambush was cleared and 3 Boko Haram terrorists were killed by the troops.
“They also recovered a Machine Gun, 1 AK-47 Rifle and some quantity of ammunition.
“Unfortunately, we lost an officer and 3 soldiers, while 16 soldiers and 3 Civilian JTF sustained injuries during the encounter.
“Similarly, 2 vehicles that entered the IED were badly damaged.
“The wounded have since been evacuated and are in stable condition.
In a similar vein, “Gallant troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army in a joint operation with personnel of Nigeria Police and local vigilantes have today repelled a coordinated attack by gunmen on Godogodo town of Kaduna State.
“The troops fought off the attackers and pursued them into the bush inflicting heavy casualty on them.
“The combined security team also arrested the following 6 suspects : Lawal Gambo, Yau Sani, Bala Amodu, Ibrahim Maikaru, Abubakar Hassan and Bashiru Isa Ciroma.
“Unfortunately 4 local vigilantes lost their lives while another 9 were wounded in the course of countering the dastardly attack meant to cause more loss of lives and properties of law abiding citizens of Godogodo Town.
“The situation in Godogo Town has since returned to normalcy and efforts are ongoing to track the remaining fleeing bandits.
“We wish to reassure citizens that the effort to safeguard life and property will continue with renewed vigour until all the rampaging bandits are brought to justice.”