Boko Haram ambushes troops, kill Army colonel

Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State have killed the Commander of the Nigerian Army 25 Task Force Brigade, Col D. C. Bako, in an ambush on Sunday.

Spokesman of the Army’s Operation Lafiya Dole, Ado Isa, confirmed that the colonel died from injuries he sustained after his patrol team was ambushed by the insurgents.

Isa, in a statement on Monday,said the late officer was already recuperating at the hospital where he was being treated before he passed away earlier in the day.

He did not state if there were other casualties in the ambush, which happened after an onslaught on the insurgents.

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According to Army spokesman, “Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to intimate the general public of the demise of one of our gallant and finest war heroes, Col DC Bako.

“It could be recalled that the professional, gallant senior officer, who always led from the front and a patriotic Nigerian, led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorists from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa, when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020.

“Under his able leadership, the troops cleared the ambush resulting in the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment.

“Sadly, however, he was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment.

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“The late senior officer was recuperating well after successful operation at the hospital, in good spirit and also said his prayers in the early hours of this morning before his sad passing at the hospital. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest.”

Isa quoted Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, as condoling with Bako’s family, saying the security agency is “most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the motherland.”

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