Following strikes by Insurgents in Northeastern Nigeria on Sunday, three soldiers from Nigeria and the Niger Republic were killed and at least 12 others were injured, according to two military sources on Monday.
Two Nigerian soldiers of the Multi National Joint Task Force were killed, according to a military source in Nigeria, when their vehicle detonated an IED as they were pursuing rebels in the Arege region of northeastern Borno state, the insurgency’s epicentre.
Two citizens who were supporting the military and another ten soldiers, including the commanding officer, were hurt.
According to a source in the Nigerien army, one soldier was killed when the vehicle he was riding in exploded another explosive device in a different area of Arege. The number of injured people was not immediately known.
The soldiers were a part of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), which consists of military units from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. Its goal is to put an end to the insurgency, which has resulted in thousands of deaths and millions of displaced people.
This is coming exactly one week after Nigerian Troops neutralised several Boko Haram insurgents, including two of its Commanders; Sarki and Abu Huzaifa in Borno State.
The Intelligence-driven offensive onslaught was carried out on May 6 when the Nigerian Army collaborated with other Security Agencies in Konduga LGA of Borno State.
It was gathered that the Boko Haram insurgents were eliminated during a fierce gun batttle with the troops, with others retreating and fleeing into a nearby forest.
The troops, who recovered several ammunition and logistics items belonging to the insurgents during the encounter, also lost a CJTF Commander.