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FW: What is happening with Boko Haram and the Nigerian army?

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha is trying to figure out how to tell as many impact stories as possible in different forms.

On Monday, November 19, 2018, Boko Haram terrorists stormed a military facility in Metele Village, Borno State, killing over 100 soldiers. This toll is the highest since President Muhammadu Buhari took over as the commander in chief of the armed forces in 2015.

According to a Soldier who spoke to Premium times, the fight did not last up to an hour, and was bloody because the Boko Haram insurgents had more arms and took the them by surprise.

“When we realised the fight would be against us, we decided to retreat from the camp, but it was rather too late. The camp was surrounded with barbed wire, and the enemy fire was coming from the direction of the entrance. We were surrounded.”

One of the drivers of the gun trucks decided to push through the barbed wire so that other vehicles could follow and escape, but the truck got stuck, that was how many of our soldiers in other vehicles and those on foot were massacred.”

“Those that managed to escape with injuries made it on foot through Cross-Kauwa to Monguno where they boarded commercial vehicles, some even sat in the booth of the Golf cars to get to Maiduguri. Boko Haram made away with about seven gun trucks of the Nigerian army,”

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