15 Soldiers Dead, Several Others Injured In An Operation To Reclaim Damboa Barracks From Boko Haram
Nigerian soldier who were deployed today to recapture Damboa military base suffered huge casualties as Boko Haram militants ambushed them, killing at least 15 soldiers, a source disclosed.
The source stated the over 200 soldiers had been sent on the operation to reclaim the base from the Islamist insurgents who overran it and took it over a few days ago and even went ahead to hoist thier flag in the area .
The source stated that the islamic sect were prepared as the Ynys already dug a trench where many of their heavily armed gunmen lay in ambush awaiting what they knew would be the inevitable arrival of a contingent of soldiers to retake the base.
As soon as the soldiers approached, the Islamist militants surprised them by opening fire from their trenches and hideouts , killing as many as 15 soldiers and wounding many others , said the source.
“Some of the injured soldiers said that they lost 15 soldiers, but the full extent of those who died is even unclear now,” he told our correspondent.