The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said its troops had repelled attack coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents at a military formation in Kukareta , Damaturu Local Government Area of Yobe .
In a statement , Col . Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, said the insurgents had, on Monday at about 6: 30 pm, attacked a Military Forward Operational Base in Kukareta community of Yobe ..
Nwachukwu said that the gallant troops engaged the insurgents in fierce battle and repelled the attack , killing many of them , adding that a soldier was wounded in the attack .
He disclosed that 13 soldiers and two Police personnel also lost their lives when they ran into an ambush by the insurgents on Damaturu -Maiduguri Road.
“ In another encounter ; troops of 1 Division on escort duty along Damaturu –Maiduguri Road, yesterday ( Monday ) fought through an ambush staged by
Boko Haram terrorists .
“ The gallant troops engaged the terrorists in a fire fight , courageously wading through the ambush . Sadly , thirteen military and a Police personnel , including an officer , paid the supreme price while extricating themselves from the ambush .
“ A clearance operation to pursue and eliminate the Boko Haram terrorists ’ ambush party is still ongoing, ” he said .
According to him , bodies of the gallant soldiers and the wounded were evacuated , adding that the wounded soldier was currently receiving treatment .