By Sam Kayode
Eight Nigerian soldiers and four vigilantes have been ambushed while escorting soldiers from Marte and environs to Maiduguri on pass to see their families.
This medium,metrowatchonline.com learnt that elements of the Islamic state of west Africa ISWAP with privileged information laid siege on Thursday for the approaching convoy of soldiers where they buried improvised explosive devices IED’s on the road to attack them.
After triggering the IEDs, the military convoy tumbled over followed by a heavy rain of bullets on the convoy escorting the released soldiers to Maiduguri to catch their flights home to see their loved ones.
Sadly the ambush was a revenge attack happening the same day troops repelled ISWAP at Malam Fatori within the deadly lake Chad triangle controlled by ISWAP.
ISWAP is believed to be more aggressive and more organized with its concentration along the lake Chad region where it had established a strong hold while the late Abubakar Shekau and his men held on to the Alageno and part of the Sambisa forest.
To stem the tide of personnel being killed while going home with pass, the Chief of Army staff Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya, had established an MOU with the Airforce to ensure that all personnel fly home through three locations in the country instead of traveling out of the state by road.