Boko Haram terrorists ambushed troops escorting commercial vehicles from Damboa to Maiduguri on Monday, killing five civilians, Colonel Sani Usman, Acting Director of Army Public Relations said in a statement.
He added that the troops were ambushed by suspected elements of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists foraging for food at Sanda general area, Borno State.
“Unfortunately, 5 civilians lost their lives at the incident and another died on the way to the hospital. Three soldiers also sustained injuries,” Colonel Usman said.
He added that the wounded have been evacuated to Maiduguri.
“Consequently, another robust patrol team has been despatched to reinforce the troops, clear the general area and pursue the terrorists,” said Usman.
“This unfortunate incident has brought to the fore the need for more vigilance and cooperation amongst all.
“We would like to assure the public that we would not allow this isolated incident to thwart the peace and security commuters enjoy along the route and all other opened routes in the North East.
“Troops are on the heels of the attackers and would not relent till they are apprehended or killed.
“Additional security measures have also been placed to avert re-occurrence,” said Colonel Usman.
The Army spokesman also denied claims suspected Boko Haram terrorists attack at Chibok .
“What happened was that, 2 persons were murdered at Kwamjilari village, (which is over 30 kilometres from Chibok, and very close to Sambisa forest), by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists looking for food.
“We wish to reiterate that they weren’t killed outside or near a church as being bandied around.
“The people from the said village are all in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Chibok. Those who went back to the village without authorization were moved back to Chibok 2 weeks ago.
“Those killed went back on their own contrary to security advice.
“Nevertheless, a patrol team was sent from Chibok went to the village this morning. Adequate measures would be taken to ensure no one go back to the village for now,” said Usman.