An Army Colonel, a Captain with his four escorts and a driver were killed Thursday by rampaging Boko Haram insurgents between Mainok and Jakana along Damaturu/Maiduguri highway.
Sources revealed that the Colonel and his convoy ran into some fleeing insurgents who were retreating after a heavy gunfire exchange between them and soldiers at Jakana in an attack that lasted for hours.
A military source who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity denied insinuations that it was an ambush, saying that, “the Colonel with his escort was just unlucky to run into the insurgents on his way from Maiduguri to Damaturu without knowledge of the ongoing attack on the highway”.
The source also confirmed that the Colonel is from 29 Task Force Brigade of Sector II of Operation Lafiya Dole.
The source also informed that the insurgents were dealt a heavy blow as one of their gun trucks was burnt and several of them killed.
Another source informed that two civilians were killed in the Jakana attack from stray bullets. He revealed that the insurgents did not attack civilian population.
Meanwhile travelers have continued to experience hardship along Maiduguri/Damaturu highway as soldiers mostly closed the use of the high way at any time they want. [THE NATION]