Security sources on Thursday said nine soldiers have been killed and 14 others missing after an attack this week by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in Maiduguri.
The terrorists had attacked a military post near the village of Sabon Garin Kimba about 140 kilometres from Maiduguri.
“The number of fatalities on our side has risen to nine with the discovery of four more bodies of our troops,” said a military officer.
“Since the attack 14 other soldiers remain missing. Their fate is unknown,”
The insurgents had stormed the checkpoint on Monday, engaging the soldiers who were forced to withdraw in an attack.
Mustapha Karimbe, a member of an anti-Boko Haram militia, said he feared the missing soldiers had been seized. “Fourteen soldiers are unaccounted for, they have been missing since the attack and the fear is that they have have been abducted by the terrorists,” Karimbe said.
Also an Improvised Explosive Device planted by the insurgents has reportedly killed 3 soldiers attached to the 82 Division Task Force Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Borno.
It was learnt that the soldiers were on patrol along the Ngoshe-Pulka Road when the IED exploded.
Two other soldiers were reportedly injured by the explosion.
It was learnt that during the patrol, some Boko Haram terrorists, who reportedly came in scores, were also killed when they engaged troops in a gun battle.
The insurgents had recently killed some soldiers after attacking a checkpoint in Maiduguri.
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