Nigerian commander dies after Boko Haram ambush

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Lagos – A Nigerian commander named as Colonel DC Bako has died after an ambush on his convoy by Boko Haram militants in the north-eastern Borno state.

The colonel’s convoy was ambushed by militants on Sunday near Damboa, a few kilometres from Maiduguri, the main city in Borno state.

He was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Monday.

Army spokesperson, Ado Isa, said Col Bako was the commander of the 25 Task Force Brigade in Damboa, where the military is battling insurgents from Boko Haram.

Isa said Col Bako was “one of our gallant and finest war heroes”.
The army was, however, silent on the fate of the soldiers died in the ambush.

The Nigerian army has suffered numerous setbacks since the Boko Haram insurgency started in 2009.

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