The Boko Haram insurgents have killed seven soldiers in the Doska area of, Borno state, TheCable reports.
The soldiers’ local sources say were on patrol when they were deceived by the insurgents who wore a military uniform.
Residents of Doska in Damboa local government area of Borno have since 2015, deserted their homes when the Boko Haram insurgents attacked and took over the area. And they have since maintained dominance in the community.
“The troops were on a fighting patrol, and when they got to Doska, they saw these people in military uniforms and military machines, and they even waved so our troops thought they were soldiers from another formation,” a source said.
“The troops stopped, exchanged greetings with these people. And as they proceeded, they ran into an ambush. Immediately, the insurgents closed in on them, opening fire.
“We lost seven soldiers, and 14 were critically injured.”
Another source said the insurgents in the area are known to always ambush soldiers with the aim of stealing gun trucks and other weapons from the army.
“It has been their stronghold for years, and we have not been able to flush them out,” the source said.
“In fact, they have planted improvised explosive devices (IEDs) all around the area and only the insurgents know and use the safe path in and out of the area. So, many times our troops run into these mines.”
Sagir Musa, the spokesperson of the Nigerian army, was not immediately available for comment over the development.