The Nigerian Army Friday finally confirmed the killing of a colonel, captain and three soldiers in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs).
Deputy Director, Public Relations of Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Ado Isa, who confirmed the killing in a statement, said the officers were ambushed by fleeing fighters from the Jakana axis in Yobe State.
Attempts to confirm reports of the killing of the officers and troops on Thursday, when military sources conveyed news of the incident to newsmen was unsuccessful, with the Army keeping mute.
While ending the silence, the Army said troops of 212 Battalion had engaged the insurgents in a fierce gun battle, which began at about 6:45pm Wednesday.
According to the Army, the terrorists, who came in seven gun trucks, had made attempts to overrun its Forward Operation Base (FOB), leading to the resistance by the fighting troops.