A commander of the Nigerian Army lost his life on Saturday to a bomb attack launched by dreaded Boko Haram terrorists in Marte, Borno State.
The Army major was the commander of 153 Task Force Battalion in Marte Local Government.
He was leading a patrol of the unit’s perimeter when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle, reports showed.
He was the only one that has yet been declared dead according to military sources cited by Premium Times. It is unclear at the moment whether some of his troops, including members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, were injured or killed during the patrol.
There are no details whether the family of the military leader whose name has been witheld had been notified about the tragedy.
Sagir Musa, Nigerian Army spokesperson, is yet to reply requests for comment on the development.
The military leader is the latest to die since mid-July when a colonel was killed in battle.
Swathes of Marte Local Government Area were overrun by insurgents between late May and early June, but the military said the area had been recovered and future incursions would be prevented.
Insurgent attacks have reduced generally since late October, with the military crediting its new ‘super camp’ strategy that made it difficult for terrorists to overrun brigades and battalions.
Saturday’s attack has raised fresh concerns about Boko Haram’s ability to launch surprise strikes.