WASHINGTON (TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA) – Boko Haram militants have killed at least four Nigerian soldiers in the northeastern state of Borno, and sacked troops from a vast area 160 kilometer long, local media reported on Tuesday.
The four soldiers were killed when Boko Haram attacked the Nigerian Army 5 Brigade in Gubio at about 6:00 p.m. on Saturday as the country prepared for the Eid festivities, local newspaper, Premium Times, said, adding that “the soldiers tried to defend their fort, suffering personnel and equipment losses in the process”.
The terrorists then stole four gun trucks, one mortar gun and one artillery gun during the attack. A tank that was stolen was later recovered in the nearby bush.
Why it matters: President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired Major-General who boasted about his military credentials during the 2015 elections, and promised to crush Boko Haram and free all the Chibok girls kidnapped in 2014 under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, has repeatedly claimed without evidence that the West African terrorists had long been defeated, but frequent massacres of civilians and troops by Boko Haram in the northeastern part of Nigeria have continually contradicted the Nigerian leader.
The latest assault on Saturday reportedly forced military commanders to relocate troops and the 5 Brigade from Gubio, about 100 kilometer from Maiduguri, to Damasak, where the military operates a larger camp.
“Therefore, we now have no troops in Gubio, Magumeri and Kareto,” a senior military source said, according to PREMIUM TIMES.
The newspaper identified the source as a military chief, adding that the senior expressed “fears that the entire stretch between Maiduguri to Damasak, spanning over 160 kilometres, is now without military presence and may be vulnerable to attacks”.