Deadly Security Mistake: 40 Nigerian Troops, JTF Killed By Boko Haram In Borno Ambush

Sept 17, 2013 – Boko Haram Murdered 40 Nigerian Army Officers In Latest Attack

40 Nigerian Troops Killed By Boko Haram Members In Latest Ambush Attack In Borno State; 65 Soldiers Missing

The attack occurred less than two months after 20 soldiers were killed by militants in the same area.

At least 40 Nigerian soldiers were killed and 65 others went missing in a deadly ambush by suspected members of the extremist group, Boko Haram, in the sect’s stronghold in Borno state, multiple defence sources have told PREMIUM TIMES.

Army authorities are miffed by the incident, and have ordered an investigation into the suspected operation blunder that gave the militants such an upper hand. The commanding officer of the unit that carried out the operation has now been removed from his post, officials say.

The casualty, one of the heaviest for the military in its campaign against the militant group in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, occurred along the Baga –Maiduguri road on Friday, September 13, in what our sources said was a classic case operational and communication failure.

A detachment of soldiers under the 134 Battalion of the 12 Brigade under the Multi National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, stationed in Kangarwa village in Kukawa local government, had conducted a reconnaissance to gather intelligence around the area, during which they established the presence of previously unnoticed Boko Haram camps.

The soldiers returned to their base and filed a report recommending aerial bombardment of the area, preparatory for a ground operation by troops, our sources, who declined to be named for security concerns, said.

But that plan was cancelled at the final minutes by an unnamed top official without formal communication to the more than 100 troops that had already advanced on the area.

“Due to lack of communication, the troop ran into the terrorists without knowing that the aerial bombardment had been cancelled and they were caught unawares,” one of our sources said.

The soldiers were trapped in the ambush under heavy fire from the militants who had surrounded the area, leaving at least 40 soldiers killed. Some 65 others have remained missing, our sources said.

The insurgents confiscated a huge cache of weapons from the soldiers after the attack.

As with past failures that ended in bloodshed and heavy casualty against the military, authorities have struggled to place a lid on the incident.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the Defence Headquarters, Chris Olukolade, a Brigadier General, said he was attending a meeting and would prefer a text message.

He did not respond to the text message.

But a top security source confirmed the incident and said the army headquarters have ordered an investigation.

Other officials, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES anonymously, said the Boko Haram assault was a reminder of the difficulties they face daily contending a dodgy but adept enemy that continues to take advantage of mistakes by military planners, to inflict heavy damage on army units.

The attack came less than two months after a similar miscalculation on August 4 which also resulted in a heavy casualty following a similar surprise attack by Boko Haram on a camp at Malam Fatori.

Officials had told PREMIUM TIMES at the time that about 20 soldiers were missing after that attack.

[Premium Times]

17 thoughts on “Deadly Security Mistake: 40 Nigerian Troops, JTF Killed By Boko Haram In Borno Ambush

  1. the guy that cancelled the surveillance is a boko haram informant, he must be fully investigated. these innocent soliders were set up
    May their souls rest in peace

  2. This is a clear case of set up if at all they were actually killed because i don’t want to believe that as many 100 soldiers could easily be wiped out like that despite the victory recorded so far, noo it can’t be. there is more to this story than just this. Nigerian soldiers are well trained and have been excellent both in and out of the country.

  3. what is nigerian government waiting for to address this as civil war? did Biafrans killed 40 nigerian soildiers during the civil war? anyway everybody including C I A and F B I is waiting for 2015 to see nigeria off.

  4. this soldier’s are not doing their job correctly, who knows what they were doing when the incidents occur, all they know is to kill innocent people, beat the civilians, I heard the other day they killed boko haram leader, “”then where is the dead body they can’t show it”” they went further to say they belive the guy is dead, they are just only deceiving us, all of them are fools

  5. This is bullshit !!! A small Boko Haram insurgent is now more powerful than Nigerian Army. Imagine 40 soldiers killed + 65 decleared missing. Is dis a super story or reality? Rubish !!!!!

  6. The top officer that cancelled the military bomberdment shld be used as an example to others please, i am APPEALING to Lt. Gen. Azubuike C.O.A.S. pls. hw i wish i am stil in the military.

  7. Nobody want to sit down and think about where this will lead us,we all want to be d man that marks his name in blood and there for should be feared and respected.I pity this generation and all they believe in.

  8. this is getting too much. it is a clear indication of how inserious the FG of Nigeria is. why value politics over human lives?
    i plead with the Army authorities to resort to colonial formation, where special troops (non indigenes) of a particular place are meant to carry out operations. this has been a success to the British colonialists. and will not be any different from the present case.
    But before that is done, the hench man here is to be dealt with, so that other officers with such intentions, will take appropriate dressing.

  9. we seems 2 b gambling with precius lives in dis country. until we put fear & favor bhind us, tell ourselves d truth & remove d “bad eggs” in d system tins cannever get better. d officer in charge of dat operation shld be rustigated, period.

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