CJTF Commander, 14 soldiers killed in an Ambush by Boko Haram in Borno

Umar Ajari, a member of the CJTF in Damboa, who also fought with late Mala Mintar on Sunday night, told newsmen that the death of Mala brought sadness to many of them who fought with him.
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Residents of Damboa Local Government Borno State Area in northeastern Nigeria confirmed the killing of the Youth Volunteer operational commander popularly known as the Civilian Joint Task Force, Mala Mintar along with 14 soldiers in an ambush along the Maiduguri – Damboa road while escorting travelers on Saturday afternoon.

Last year, Chief of Army Staff Lt . General Tukur Yusuf Buratai opened the 87 km Maiduguri-Damboa road for travelers, but the residents said that the ambush by terrorists operating from Ajigil, Talala and Alqgarno has continued unabated on the road since it was opened to the public.

The residents said, even with the military escort, the road is still a death trap, as this urged the authorities to do Tue on the identified villages that have been converted into operational bases of the Boko Haram fighters along the route.

Umar Ajari, a member of the CJTF in Damboa, who also fought with late Mala Mintar on Sunday night, told newsmen that the death of Mala brought sadness to many of them who fought with him.


He said,

”When we were overwhelmed during the ambush and displaced, we thought he had escaped also only to find out later that he was among those killed in the fight that ensued. We lost many of our colleagues and fourteen soldiers in the ambush but we also killed many of the fighting men on the other side.”

According to him, this year Maiduguri – Damboa road has been attacked more than 10 times and much has not been reported.

“Even last week there was an attack along this road. So long as Talala, Agijil and Alagarno is still a strong hold of the insurgents along this road, this attacks will continue,” he added.

Another Damboa-based resident and NGO worker said his organization does not allow road travel from Maiduguri-Damboa due to road incidences.

“We have been receiving security briefing on a daily basis as regards happening along this road and it has been terrific,” he said.

He also confirmed that reports they received had it that on Saturday 14 Nigerian soldiers were killed along the route, escorting voyageurs.

“Everybody here in Damboa knows what has happened. It is not a hiding truth. There was an ambush and 14 Soldiers and many others were killed during the attack yesterday. We pray for their souls to rest in peace,” he said

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