Boko Haram killed 11 soldiers in Kaduna


Boko Haram fighters have attacked a military base in Polewire area of Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State, killing 11 soldiers and injuring 19 others.

Three members of a local vigilante group also lost their lives, while two others suffered injuries during the attack.

It was gathered that during the 3 and half-hour battle, which started at 4:30pm and ended 8pm, three Armored Personnel Carriers were burnt to ashes after dislodging troops from the location.

Security sources said the location is the major movement route of the terrorists crossing from Niger to Zamfara states.

It was reported that the military equipment lost or destroyed include machine guns; 1 General Purpose Machine Gun; 14 AK47 rifles; 3 pump action guns; 10 motorcycles, among others.

Although troops were later reinforced from Forward Operating Base in Gwaska at 9:15pm, there is no confirmation of the number of casualties from Boko Haram side.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya, has reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to deal with all forms of insecurity confronting the country.

Faruk Yahaya gave the assurance today at a one-day seminar organized by the Army Headquarters Department of Transformation and Innovation in Abuja.

Represented by the Army Chief of Policy and Plans, Anthony Omozoje, the Chief of Army Staff said the volatile and complex security emergencies facing the nation had necessitated the continuous review of the national security architecture to contain the threats.

He said although the varied acts of insurgency, terrorism, kidnapping and banditry and others, terrorist organizations had continued to pose substantive threats to the nation.

Faruk Yahaya said the troops had continued to respond assiduously to contain and decimate all adversaries in line with his maiden message on assumption of office, that all adversaries of Nigeria must be defeated decisively.