In the aftermath of Monday’s gun battle with Boko Haram fighters in Kareto, Borno State, the Nigerian army has confirmed that 24 soldiers were injured in the attack and have been taken to the hospital.
The attack was the latest after the Nigerian army had claimed to have succeeded in pushing out the terror group from most of its bases across the restive north-east.
The Nigerian Army Chief, Tukur Yusuf Buratai, had on Sunday, alongside prominent politicians from Borno supervised the reopening of a major highway linking Borno and neighboring Yobe State which was blocked by Boko Haram for over three years.
“So far our troops had two officers and 22 soldiers wounded in action. All of them have been evacuated to military hospital (in) Maiduguri where they are receiving treatment,” the army said in a statement.
Boko Haram militants had attacked troops in the town of Kareto before they were repelled. “The troops successfully repelled the attack and killed quite a number of the terrorists,” according to the statement.
It did not indicate any deaths among the troops.