Five army personnel were killed when their team ran into an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State on Wednesday.
Army spokesman Sani Usman, made this known on Friday, adding that three other officers have been declared missing in the attack.
Though the army spokesman did disclose the names of the affected soldiers, online newspaper, The Cable, quoted an anonymous security source as saying that one A.C. Oguntoye, a lieutenant Colonel, was killed in the attack.
According to the sources, the insurgents ambushed Oguntoye and his colleagues on their way from a shooting range competition in Munguno, also in Borno.
“The officers were pinned down by terrorists in Magumeri, they razed down houses, including a police station in the town,” a witness said.
“The militant rode into the area in 10 utility vehicles, shooting and attacking a military formation.”
However, army spokesman Usman, in his statement on Friday noted that the ambush was successfully cleared and the attack repelled.
He said: “Troops chased the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists up to Doho, Mina Maideni, Donari, Salari, and Lawari villages.
“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 terrorists sown camouflage.
“Unfortunately we lost an officer and 4 soldiers, while 3 others were still missing.”
Below are pictures of some of the arms and ammunition recovered from the terrorists.