The Nigerian Army has confirmed that the country’s troops on Monday evening suffered a setback in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents in the country’s North East region.
The confirmation was contained in a statement, just released on Tuesday, October 17, 2016 by Colonel Sani Usman, spokesperson of the Nigerian Army.
“Yesterday at about 5.30pm suspected escaping remnants of Boko Haram terrorists attacked troops location at Gashigar, border area with Niger Republic, northern Borno State. 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,” Colonel Sani disclosed in an e-mailed statement to The Trent.
“The temporary setback made the troops to withdraw from the location.
“However, the wounded soldiers have been evacuated and receiving treatment, while efforts are ongoing in search of those missing and clear the Boko Haram terrorists at the general area,” he wrote.
The Islamist terrorist group has killed over 100,000 people since it began its campaign against the Nigerian state with the intention of setting up an Islamic caliphate in the country.
The humanitarian crisis created by the war by Boko Haram has inspired global action. United Nations and foreign aide organisations say that over 75,000 children may die in relief camps in the next few weeks.