World Bulletin / News Desk
At least 40 Nigerian soldiers were killed and 65 others went missing in a deadly ambush by suspected members of Boko Haram, in the sect’s stronghold in Borno state, multiple defence sources have told the Premium Times.
Army authorities are miffed by the incident, and have ordered an investigation into the suspected operational blunder that gave the fighters such an upper hand. The commanding officer of the unit that carried out the operation has now been removed from his post, officials say.
The casualty, one of the heaviest for the military in its campaign against the militant group in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, occurred along the Baga –Maiduguri road on Friday, September 13, in what sources said was a classic case operational and communication failure.
Borno was placed under a state of emergency in mid-May. The military shut down the mobile phone network in the region to block the armed group from coordinating attacks.
With the communication network switched off, details of attacks have been slow to emerge and difficult to verify. Residents have been largely unreachable, with military statements forming the main source of information in the ongoing offensive against Boko Haram.Last Mod: 18 Eylül 2013, 16:45