Defense headquarters (DHQ) confirmed the death of at least 47 soldiers by members of the terrorist group Boko Haram in Borno.
Defense Chief Information Officer Major General John Enenche disclosed this during a session with reporters on Tuesday in Abuja.
Updating military operations across the country, he noted that Nigeria was in a situation of fluid conflict while troops were on the front lines.
Enenche explained that Operation Lafiya Dole’s troops were in clearance and fighting the patrol operation for Gorgi in Borno between 21 and 23 March.
“During the consolidation, they (the troops) were ambushed by elements of the Boko Haram terrorists. Unfortunately, we suffered some casualties in the unfortunate attack, ”he said.
The DHQ spokesman, however, revealed that Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole immediately went up to the site and provided air support close to ground troops.
He added that the intelligence surveillance and recognition platform (ISR), as well as fighter planes, involved the insurgents, killing some of the terrorists and immobilizing a weapons truck belonging to them.
“Some others (terrorists) who tried to withdraw were also washed by the jets in subsequent attacks.
“Defense headquarters is in solidarity with the families of our rampant heroes who paid the supreme price in the course of defending our homeland,” said Enenche.
He assured Nigerians that the armed forces and other security agencies would continue to sustain the offensive against the nation’s enemies.
The military spokesman added that this would be done in support of the goal of restoring peace and security in the northeast and other parts of the country.
Contrary to DHQ claims, reports say that at least 70 soldiers were killed in an ambush on the security agents’ convoy.
The insurgents reportedly threw rocket grenades at a truck carrying troops while traveling near the village of Gorgi on Monday.