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PHOTOS: CJTF commander, others killed in Boko Haram ambush in Bormo

Yusuf Baba Idris, the Commander of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno has been killed during a gun fight when Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants attacked a military convoy.

According to security sources on Saturday, March 13, 15 Nigerian soldiers and three other CJTF members were killed while 10 sustained injuries in the attack which occurred near Gudumbali in the Lake Chad region on Thursday.

A military officer who prefers to be anonymous told AFP that 15 soldiers and four civilian JTF (militia) were lost in the terrorists’ ambush in the forest near Gudumbali.

ISWAP claimed responsibility for the attack on Saturday, according the SITE jihadist monitoring agency.

The CJTF Commander in Bama confirmed the death of his colleague in a Facebook post on Saturday, March 13.

“Inna lillahi WA inna Ilaiyi raju’un, we have lost our brother, Yusuf Baba Idris. Yusuf was the leader of the #CJTF of kukawa. He died as a result of ambush by boko haram two days ago, alongside some military officers while on patrol. May Allah bless them with aljannatul firdaus. We lost a hero” he wrote.

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