From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri
The Nigerian Army has confirmed that three of its soldiers were killed and six others wounded in an attack launched by Boko Haram insurgents in Magumeri local government area of Borno state.
The slain soldiers were attached to the 8th Task Force Division of the Nigerian Army, Monguno but deployed to Forward Operational Base in Magumeri.
A statement issued yesterday by spokesman of the Amy Division, Col. Timothy Antigha, said the soldiers died while repelling an attempted attack on their base, Saturday evening.
“At about 6.00pm, 25th November 2017, suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists attempted to attack Magumeri. As a prelude to the intended attack on the town, the terrorists attempted to dislodge the Forward Operational Base in Magumeri, Borno dtatedHowever, soldiers of 5 Brigade Garrison located in the town repelled the attack. The troops fought gallantly”, the statement said.
“Unfortunately, three soldiers lost their lives, while six others sustained injuries. The bodies of the late soldiers and the wounded have been evacuated. The wounded are receiving medical attention. Some platforms were also attacked and damaged by the terrorists. Further developments regarding the incident will be communicated accordingly”.
“The 8 Division wishes to assure all residents of Magumeri that everything is being done to ensure their safety and security. To this end, they are to continue pursuing their legitimate activities without any fear,” the statement added.