Troops returning from Bama on humanitarian escort duty, were ambushed enroute Maiduguri by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in Meleri village, a few kilometres from Kawuri.
The gallant troops however, successfully cleared the ambush and exploited up to Afunori.
Unfortunately, 2 soldiers and 3 civilians were wounded in the ambush, among whom were staff of United Nations agencies and other international humanitarian organizations. The wounded have been evacuated to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri and they are in stable condition.
The Nigerian Army wishes to sympathize with our wounded colleagues, the United Nations and other Non-governmental organizations whose personnel were also injured in this sad incident. We wish to reiterate our determination and commitment to ensuring safety and security in the North East and safeguarding the lives of all persons.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has visited the wounded soldiers and the 3 staff of the United Nations Agencies and other international humanitarian organizations that were injured during an ambush at the Accident and Emergency Ward of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital at about 10.00pm Thursday 28th July 2016.
The Chief of Army Staff who was accompanied by the Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, some Principal Staff Officers from the Army Headquarters and the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, interacted with the wounded soldiers and civilians, encouraged them and wished them speedy recovery. He equally commended the doctors and the hospital staff for their wonderful efforts of giving necessary care and treatment to them.
It is gratifying to report that they are in stable condition and responding to treatment.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman
Acting Director Army Public Relations