Boko Haram ambush convoy of new head of Nigerian army staff

Ambush on new head of Nigerian army staff took place on Friday during visit to Maiduguri-Gamboru-Ngala highway, in north-eastern Borno state

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Nigerian Army chief Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (L) stands next to the new head of the multinational task force fighting Boko Haram, Major-General Iliya Abbah during a handover ceremony in Abuja on July 31

Boko Haram ambushed Nigeria's new chief army staff Tukur Buratai’s convoy on Friday. One soldier from the Nigerian army was killed and two were wounded in the attack by Boko Haram militants. At least five militants were also killed.

“Chief Gen Buratai was visiting troops in Borno state when his convoy was ambushed about 45km (28 miles) east of the state capital, Maiduguri” an army spokesman said.

Tukur Buratai was appointed as the chief of army staff last month. Since his appointment, Buratai's home town in Borno has been attacked several times.

Tukur Buratai made a statement a local Nigerian TV channel.

"The terrorists encountered an overwhelming firepower from the troops in which 10 of them were killed. The troops captured five terrorists," he said.

"During the encounter, sadly, we lost a soldier, while an officer and four soldiers sustained gunshot wounds" he added.

Boko Haram was founded in 2002 and it means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hause language.

In Boko Haram attacks, more than 600 people have been killed in Nigeria alone since the election of President Muhammodu Buhari, who based his presidental campaign on defeating Boko Haram.

TRTWorld and agencies