13 Soldiers Wounded, Others Missing After Boko Haram’s Attack

By Ikenga Chronicles October 19, 2016

The Nigerian army has suffered heavy casualties as an unspecified number of Nigerian soldiers went missing after an attack by the Boko Haram in Gashigar, a northern Borno community that borders Niger Republic.

The Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, on Tuesday evening disclosed that the soldiers were attacked at their position at about 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

The heavy casualty came a few days after 21 out of over 200 Chibok Girls who were abducted two years ago were returned home through alleged swapped deals.

According to reports from CNN, a number of Boko Haram commanders were exchanged for 21 Chibok girls.

The satellite television quoted a source aware of the negotiations as saying: “A number of Boko Haram commanders were freed as part of Thursday’s release of the girls.”

This came shortly after the government said that no Boko Haram prisoner was swapped for the girls.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, emphasized that nothing was given in exchange for the girls.

On the Monday’s attack, Usman, a Colonel, described the attackers as “escaping remnants of Boko Haram.”

“The troops did their best to defend the location in vain. In the process, 13 soldiers’ sustained injuries while some are still missing in action,” he said.

The spokesperson said the troops suffered a “temporary setback” and had to withdraw from the location.

“However, the wounded soldiers have been evacuated and are receiving treatment, while efforts are ongoing in search of those missing ” he said.

The Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria has caused the death of over 20,000 people and displacement of millions of others.

The group recently engaged in negotiation with the Federal Government which led to the release of 21 of the over 200 girls kidnapped from Chibok in Borno State in April 2014.

Despite the negotiation and despite losing initially claimed territory to the Nigerian forces, the group still carries out attacks like that of Monday.

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