Soldier Dies, Six Missing as Boko Haram Attacks Army Base
The Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, has promised to provide troops battling Boko Haram in the North-East as well as those involved in other security operations with more weapons.
Buratai made the promise when he visited troops at the Forward Operation Base in Borno State on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram fighters attacked a Nigerian Army base in Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State on Sunday evening, military sources have confirmed.
A soldier was reportedly killed while three others were injured.
Although government forces repelled the attack and limited the casualty figure, sources claimed six soldiers were still missing as of press time on Wednesday.
Our correspondent learnt that Buratai’s visit to the front line was to assess the effectiveness of the ongoing operations against Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province.
According to acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, in a statement, the COAS urged troops to adhere strictly to the extant Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct while on the internal security duties.
Musa said, “The Chief of Army Staff has for some days now been in the North-East theatre of operation where he visited troops on the front line. The latest was his visit to troops of Forward Operation Base at Buratai, Borno State on Tuesday. He interacted with the soldiers and urged them to remain focused and committed to bringing terrorism to an end.
“He assured them that more equipment would be inducted into the mission areas to boost their efforts in the war against terrorism and other security challenges in Nigeria. He also assured them of his commitment to their welfare and their families.”
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