No fewer than seven Nigerian soldiers were on Saturday November 21, killed in a landmine ambush in the northern axis of Borno state.
Channels Television reported that the soldiers were on escort duty en route Baga, when they came upon the landmines planted by suspected Boko Haram members.
The convoy which consisted of truckloads of food heading to Baga town of Kukawa local government and meant for returning Internally Displayed Persons, was attacked with heavy gunfire by the insurgents.
Relatives of some civilians who escorted the food, reportedly confirmed the attack and also revealed that some of them were maimed in the explosion and have been evacuated from the scene of the attack to a hospital in Maiduguri.
Soldiers who survived the attack said the terrorists seized weapons and a gun truck. It was further gathered that the incident occurred at Gazarwa village, a popular Boko Haram checkpoint after Gajiram, before Monguno.
It was alleged that seven corpses of soldiers and one of CJTF were seen on Sunday morning November 22, at Gajiram. Military sources that took part in the evacuation of injured persons said they are being treated at the military hospital in Maiduguri.
While the spokesperson to Governor Zulum, Isa Gusau confirmed that neither Zulum nor any component of his detail was part of the attacked convoy, the military is yet to comment on the incident.