Suspected Boko Haram militants in Borno state, Nigeria, ambushed a convoy carrying the country’s newly-appointed chief of army staff on Saturday, according to reports.
Maj. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai took the post last month after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the country’s army, navy, air force and intelligence chiefs, along with its defense staff chief, air marshal and national security adviser.
Saturday’s ambush left one soldier and at least five militants dead, the BBC quoted the Nigerian military as saying.
According to multiple reports, the insurgents were planning to ambush his convoy as he visits troops at the battle ground in northeast border areas of Borno state.
This was shortly after the Boko Haram terrorists had ambushed an advance team of soldiers moving ahead of the COAS’ convoy leaving a soldier dead and two others injured.
Buratai alongside The top officers arrived Maiduguri on Friday, August 21, 2015 and set out for Nigeria’s major international border in the north-east, where soldiers are busy making gains in defeating the terrorists and reclaiming captured territories.
Soldiers moving in a convoy of about 20 vehicles had to stop from time to town to sniff for possible land mines on bridges and areas that are questionable.
Buratai assured the soldiers of improved welfare even as he relayed the greetings of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the commander in chief.
According to him “We all know we have a task to clear this general area of these criminal elements once and for all so that we all can go back to our normal soldiering business”.
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