From DAUDA PAM, Maiduguri
Military convoy along the Maiduguri/ Monguno highway have been ambushed by Boko Haram terrorists, killing at least eight soldiers,five allegedly missing,gun trucks burnt down and weapons belonging to the Nigerian Army carted away, a security source has said.
According to informants who pleaded anonymity hinted that,the incident happened at Gasarwa village, some distance to Gajiram in Nganzai LGA of Borno State at about 12 noon on the fatefu day.
“Four military vehicles were burnt down with five soldiers missing after the heavy gun battle”,the souce revealed.
“They were ambushed around the Gasarwa general area on Gajiram-Monguno road. The troops were from Monguno heading to Maiduguri before the incident happened. So far, eight soldiers have been confirmed dead and five are missing.
“The insurgents engaged the troops with Rocket-Propelled Grenades and small arms. Before the arrival of our troops from Monguno and the air support, the Boko Haram members had withdrawn with lots of weapons. They burned three gun trucks belonging to the army,” quoted the security source as saying.
And that the remains of the dead soldiers were taken to Sector 3 Headquarters in Monguno.
Sector 3 Commander, Maj. Gen. Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, and some troops visited the ambush scene on a search-and-rescue mission.
A movement restriction order from Monguno to Maiduguri has since been imposed as passengers going to Maiduguri by road were stranded.