Nigeria army said it has lost five of its officers, while three are still missing following a recent Boko Haram attack in Magumeri, a town in Borno state.
Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, the army spokesman who disclosed this on Friday, did not disclose the names of the officers affected.
However, TheCable, an independent online newspaper reports that one AC Oguntoye, a lieutenant, was among those killed in the attack.
Daily Trust gathered that the militants ambushed Oguntoye and his colleagues on their way from a shooting range competition in Munguno.
Usman said the army successfully repelled the attack. “Troops chased the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists up to Doho, Mina Maideni, Donari, Salari, and Lawari villages,” he said in a statement.
“After hot pursuit and mop up the troops were able to neutralise an unconfirmed number of Boko Haram terrorists and recovered 1 gun truck, 2 anti-aircraft guns, two extra barrels, two rocket propelled grenade bombs, 31 pieces of Nitrogen 57mm bombs, 1 roll of nitrogen cable and a 60mm mortar bomb.
“Others were assorted general purpose machine gun and anti-aircraft ammunition and their links, three spare vehicle tyres with rims, 1 vulcanising machine, 1 Qlink motorcycle, foodstuff and three Boko Haram terrorist sown camouflage.
“Unfortunately we lost and officer and 4 soldiers, while 3 others were still missing.”