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In a statement disclosed yesterday by Deputy Director Army Public Relations Col. Onyema Nwachukwu (Operation Lafiya Dole), stated that a soldier was killed in the gun battle as soldiers repelled Boko Haram on Friday.

“Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, located at Gudumbali in northern Borno, on Friday, December 14, repelled an infiltration attempt by suspected Boko Haram terrorists disguised as an humanitarian assistance team.

“The terrorists took advantage of the ongoing distribution of relief materials at Gudumbali and opened fire on troops’ location. This was followed by rapid fire from other terrorists in gun trucks along Gudumbali-Kukawa axis. The troops however fought gallantly and outmaneuvered the attackers, inflicting heavy casualties on them.

“Unfortunately, a soldier paid the supreme price during the encounter and one other was wounded in action, while a Cobra Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and a truck belonging to the unit were damaged,” Nwachukwu said.

In another development, the remains of the late former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Salihu Ibrahim, were laid to rest yesterday after funeral prayers at Yahaya Road Juma’at Mosque, Kaduna.

The session, conducted by Sheik Khalid Isiyaku, was attended by hundreds of mourners including former Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar. Others included the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Kaduna State Governor Nasiru El-Rufai; his Kogi counterpart, Yahaya Bello; Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. Abdulrahaman Danbazzau; and former Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu.

While reading the funeral oration, Buratai described the late army chief as an articulate and professional soldier with a good sense of responsibility. “His death is a great loss to his family, the Nigerian Army and the country at large,” he added.

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