Army’s Attempt to Recapture Damboa Barracks from Boko Haram Fails, 15 Soldiers Killed
Attempt yesterday by the Nigerian army to recapture Damboa military base which was overran and taken control of by the Boko Haram sect failed to materialize as the soldiers sent on the mission were ambushed.
The Boko Haram sect had few days ago carried out a daring attack on the military base and subsequently took it over with its flag hoisted to prove that it is in control of the barrack.
But in a move to recapture the barrack, the army reportedly mobilized to carry out the operation, but the Boko Haram sect, apparently aware of the inevitable arrival of a contingent of soldiers to retake the base dug a trench where many of their heavily armed gunmen lay in ambush awaiting
As soon as the soldiers approached, the Islamist militants surprised them by opening fire from their trenches, killing as many as 15 soldiers and wounding many more, said the source.
“Some of the injured soldiers said that they lost 15 soldiers, but the full extent of those who died is even unclear now,” a source told SaharaReporters.
“I went to the MRS Hospital in Maimalari barracks in Maiduguri. The hospital is filled to capacity with injured soldiers,” said the source. He added that the hospital was so stretched that some of the wounded soldiers were on the bare floor to receive treatment. “There’s a lack of space and facilities to accommodate the injured victims.”
Our source said the injured soldiers were enraged that they were sent on such a high-risk operation without enough firepower and troops to take out Boko Haram insurgents. “They are very angry and the atmosphere is tense,” said the source.
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