No fewer than seven soldiers were killed when members of the Boko Haram terrorist group laid an ambush in Borno state.
According to media reports, the slain soldiers attached to the 153 Task Force Battalion in Marte Local Government Council of the state, were taken by surprise during the attack which occurred by 10am on Monday February 15.
The soldiers were said to have put up a spirited fight to defend their base and ward off the insurgents, but were overwhelmed “because they could not withstand the superior firepower of the terrorists”.
Sources from the Military were quoted as saying that Monday’s attack on Marte Local Government by the terrorist Boko Haram group makes it the third onslaught in the area in a month.
The terrorists had reportedly ambushed soldiers at the location on January 10 and 15. It is still unclear the casualty figures from those attacks.
The unit, which was totally dislodged, has now been moved to Dikwa, another local government area, a development that has now opened up Marte to further attacks.
Following the development, the army authorities have allegedly issued advisories to troops in Sector 3 (especially those in Baga, Cross Kauwa, Kekeno and Monguno and the areas surrounding Marte) to be on red alert.