Three Nigerian soldiers have been killed by Improvised Explosive Device (IED) buried by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.
A statement by Colonel Sagir Musa, Acting Director Army Public Relations said the soldiers, among whom was Lieutenant Colonel Yusuf Ibrahim Aminu, the Commanding Officer (CO) of 154 Task Force Battalion Borgozo, were on a clearance operation along Mauli- Borgozo on Monday when the incident occured.
He said the vehicle they were travelling in climbed on a buried Improvised Explosive Device which detonated killing three soldiers and leaving several others on the trip wounded.
Two days before the attack, troops on clearance operations in conjuction with civilian JTF had neutralised some Boko Haram fighters and freed about 54 villagers captured by the insurgents.
The soldiers were buried on Tuesday at the Maimalari Military Cantonment Cemetery with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai present.
Commiserating with the family of the deceased, Buratai, stated that the sacrifices of all the deceased officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army is no doubt painful to all, but that will further ginger the serving gallant troops to do more to ensure that the nation remains secure and peaceful.
He stated that Nigerian Army personnel, under his leadership, despite occasional hitches, will never be deterred in the ongoing war against terrorism in the country.
He commended the efforts of the entire troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the war on terror and charged them to remain steadfast, more committed and professional for the sake of Nigeria.
Also present at the burial of the soldiers were the Chief of Training and Operations ‘Army’, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, Theatre Commander OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Benson Akinroluyo, Corp Commander Engineers, Major General John Malu, Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brig Gen Abdulmalik Bulama Biu, Corps Commander Supply and Transport, Major General Victor Offiong, Principal Staff Officers from Army Headquarters, Theatre Command and HQ 7 Division amongst others.