Boko Haram insurgents have ambushed a convoy of new Nigerian Army recruits in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, killing seven of them and abducting three others that included a female soldier in the attack.
Nigerian Army recruits in training; seven newly-recruited ones were killed by Boko Haram on Thursday, January 9 night.
This attack occurred on Thursday evening, February 9, near Mafa town on the main road 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Maiduguri in Borno state.
The attack has been confirmed by an army officer who spoke under the condition of anonymity.
A humanitarian worker also said he heard military radio traffic confirming the attack.
Premium Times reports that not fewer than 20 other recruits were injured in the gun battle which occurred along the Maiduguri-Dikwa road in the North-Eastern State. Dikwa is 70 kilometres east of Maiduguri.
The report quotes Army sources as saying that three other soldiers, including a female, were declared missing after the incident.
Quoting eyewitnesses, Premium Times said the battle began at about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday after a detachment of troops, put at about 250 soldiers and one officer, ran into a Boko Haram ambush as they travelled through the area in army trucks and buses owned by the Borno State Government.
Our sources said the terrorists suddenly emerged in huge numbers from surrounding bushes and opened fire on the travelling troops, most of whom are said to be young soldiers fresh from training. The soldiers are said to be members of the 76 Regular Recruit Intake of Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria.
However, effort to get confirmation from the military spokesperson was unsuccessful as he did not immediately comment.
Boko Haram insurgents have continued to launch isolated attacks on military formations after they were driven out of the Sambisa forest, their last strong hold in December 2016.