The dreaded Boko Haram insurgents,
on Friday night, reportedly killed a commander in the Nigerian Army and four
other soldiers during a shoot-out in Borno State.
The soldiers also killed 14 members
of Boko Haram during the clash.
The Acting Director, Army Public
Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Saturday, that the battle
occurred when the insurgents attacked the 119 Battalion’s location at Mallam
Fatori, Borno State.
He said that the Commanding Officer
of the 272 Task Force Tank Battalion, Lt. Col. Muhamma Abu, and four soldiers
were killed while repelling Boko Haram’s attack.
He said that four other soldiers were
injured during the attack.
He said, “Yesterday at about
10.00pm suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked a 119 Battalion Nigerian Army
location at Mallam Fatori, northern Borno State. The troops fought gallantly
and repelled the attack, killing 14 Boko Haram terrorists.
“Unfortunately, we lost an officer
and four soldiers, while four other soldiers sustained various degrees of
injuries during the encounter. One of those killed in action, was Lt. Col.
Muhammad Abu Ali, the Commanding Officer of 272 Task Force Tank Battalion.
“It will be recalled that because
of the late senior officer’s exceptional bravery and gallantry, he was given an
accelerated promotion from the rank of major to lieutenant colonel and was
decorated by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, at Gamboru Ngala,
on September 9, 2015 during an operational visit.”
Usman said that the troops had
recovered a General Purpose Machine Gun, seven AK-47 rifles and a large
quantity of ammunition from the insurgents, while continuing with a mopping up
operation in the area.