At least 16 soldiers were feared killed, dozens wounded on Tuesday when suspected Boko Haram insurgents launched a daring attack on a military post in Bulabulin Ngaura village, Damboa local government area of Borno state.
Similarly, unspecified numbers of other military personnel were reportedly abducted by the attackers during the on-slaught, which lasted for over three hours.
Bulabulin Ngaura is about 45 kilometers drive from Maiduguri, the capital city, which witnessed series of deadly attacks in the recent time allegedly carried out by the militants.
The incident occurred around 5pm, when the militants, armed with sophisticated weapon and explosives, emerged in large number from a nearby bushes and driven in over 30 military-colored Hilux vehicles.
Residents of the area said they terrified by endless sounds of explosions and ginshots, forcing them to scampefered for safety.
One of the soldiers, who claimed to narrowly escaped by the whiskers but declined identification, confirmed the incident to newsmen, saying the invaders had indeed subdued the military operatives.
According to him, the gunmen overpowered the security forces because they were in large numbers and had superior weapons.
“The terrorists came in a convoy of over 30 vehicles, mounted with Anti Aircraft guns (AA), Rocket Propelled Grandes, (RPGs), General Purpose Machine Guns, (GPMG), while we had AK-47 rifles that are not fully loaded. When we realized that they have taken over the place, some of us escaped to Maiduguri and other places but many could not make it.
“Some of my colleagues were abducted and many others escaped with bullet wounds. Dozens of Boko Haram insurgents stormed our checkpoint at Bulabulin.
I was at the checkpoint when the terrorists came; we tried our best to repel the attack but they were more than us and had advantage over us, because they carried more superior arms”, he said.
“As I am talking to you, 16 bodies of our colleagues have been brought to Maiduguri; this is beside those that sustained injuries and many others that are missing in action”, he stated.