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Boko Haram: Army places soldiers on red alert in Maiduguri

THE 21 Army Brigade, Maiduguri, Borno State, has placed its men on red alert, following the spate of killing of soldiers by unknown gunmen in Borno.

The brigade’s spokesman, Lieutenant Abubakar Abdullahi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri, on Wednesday, that the army lost four of its officers in separate attacks last week in Maiduguri metropolis.

He said “most of the victims were killed because of some lapses.

“The officer who was shot on Sunday at Jajeri was killed because he left the company of his colleagues, contrary to the military discipline, while the officer shot on Tuesday at the State Low Cost Estate was unfit (sick).

“His assailants trailed him in the evening and took advantage of his condition by shooting him near a mosque.”

Abdullahi said the officer was not part of the current military operations in the state, which made him unprepared, adding that the army had always placed its men on red alert for eventualities, especially with the recent attacks.

“We have always placed our soldiers on red alert in any situation they found themselves.

“The recent events in the state mean that soldiers must exhibit the highest professional conduct because that is the only way to overcome the situation,” he added.

It will be recalled that more than three soldiers were attacked by unknown gunmen last week in Biu, headquarters of Biu Local Government Area of the state.

However, it was unclear whether all of them died from the attack.

More than 50 other persons, mostly security personnel, had, so far, been killed by suspected Boko Haram militants since July 2010 when they launched attacks on individuals.


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