At least 80 Boko Haram insurgents and two soldiers lost their lives when suspected members of the sect laid ambush along the troubled Maiduguri- Damboa road.
The clash according to reliable sources occurred at the weekend when some military personnel attached to 7 Division, Nigerian Army were on their way to Damboa, the headquarters of Damboa Local Government area of Borno State.
This attack is coming barely 48 hours when some troops succeeded in killing 75 insurgents in a failed attempt to attack engineers and electricians who were repairing the vandalized transmission lines in a remote village of Komala along the 185km Maiduguri- Damboa- Biu road.
The whole of Maiduguri and its environs had remained in a total blackout following the vandalized power lines and this was the third attempt by security forces and the staff of PHCN to restore power to the city of Maiduguri but to no avail.
The source said, “military personnel were on their way to Damboa to provide security to the staff of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) who were in Damboa to repair some destroyed electric cables along Maiduguri-Damboa road but they were ambushed by insurgents leaving two soldiers and over 80 terrorists dead over the weekend.
A security source who seeked anonimity told our correspondent that “as the troops were moving towards Damboa, one Boko Haram terrorist suddenly appeared on the road with a female by his side both with AK47 rifles.
“As the troops approaches, the insurgents shot a Rocket propelled Grenade (RPG) on one of the troops vehicles killing two soldiers.” Agency report