Barely 24 hours after the Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule raised the alarm over the presence of Boko Haram terrorists in the state’s forest, nine soldiers have been killed by the teoorists.
The military operatives were killed in Nasarawa during a rescue operation in a forest along Mararaba-Udege road in Nasarawa state linking Otukpo Oweto in Benue state.
Some of the slain soldiers led to the forest by an officer Felix Kura, an indigene of Benue state, were Iliya Kefas and Bati Yakubu The other slain officers could not be identified immediately.
The slain officers were said to be on a mission to dislodge the Boko Haram terrorists who kidnapped many indigenes of the state and held them in captive, from the forest.
Five of the terrorists were also killed led to the death of about before they were overpowered by the terrorists whose weapons, it was gathered, were more sophisticated than those used by the soldiers.
The slain soldier, were reportedly from the 177 Guards Battalion, Shitu Barracks in Keffi, Nasarawa state.
“As soon as they ran into the ambush and they realised they were being overpowered, Kura was said to have told his colleagues including his cover to escape.
“The authorities of the 117 Guards Battalion have informed the families of the slain soldiers of their fate and signal has been sent to the headquarters,” a source was quoted.
“We actually lost nine soldiers in that mission and not seven, it is quite unfortunate but that is the supreme price of a military officer.
“We are currently collaborating with Four Special Forces Command of the Nigerian military headquarters in Doma LGA of the state to reinforce and launch a reprisal, we are not given up, we must overrun them and make sure we dislodge them completely,” a barrack source was quoted.
Governor Sule had on Friday told State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari that Boko Haram fighters were regrouping in the state.