Two Nigerian soldiers were killed and four wounded in an ambush by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, the army and an army news agency reported on Tuesday militia.
The attack took place on Monday as soldiers were traveling between the towns of Biu and Damboa, in Borno, the epicenter of the jihadist insurgency that has killed 20,000 and displaced 2.6 million since 2009.
“Our men were ambushed by Boko Haram terrorists as they were heading towards Damboa,” a Nigerian officer told AFP.
“They fought the terrorists and we lost two men in the fighting. Four soldiers were also wounded,” he added, adding that the insurgents had managed to seize a vehicle.
This assessment was confirmed by Mustapha Karimbe, a member of a civilian militia committed alongside the army: “Boko Haram ambushed a military convoy yesterday (Monday) afternoon, they killed two soldiers and have injured four “.
“They also took away weapons,” including an armed vehicle, he added.
After nine years of conflict, Boko Haram was driven out by the Nigerian army from most localities that its men had captured in 2014-2015, at the height of its power.
But despite claims from the Abuja authorities, who have repeatedly claimed to have “crushed the terrorists,” the group still has an obvious strike force, carrying out bloody attacks against the army, as well as suicide bombings and bombings. kidnappings targeting northeastern civilians.
Last week, more than 100 students were abducted at a girls’ dormitory in Dapchi, neighboring Yobe State, during a jihadist night attack.