Another senior Nigerian Army officer has been killed by suspected Boko Haram militants.
The officer, O. Umusu, a Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer, 118 Task Force Battalion in Borno State, was killed alongside his security details, by an Improvised Explosive Device in an ambush Monday evening.
Military insiders said the officer and his men were returning from Maiduguri to their location towards Baga. The incident happened between Sari and Gudumbali.
Their remains were evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital, our sources said.
This is the fourth lieutenant colonel the army is losing in two months.
The affected officers were Lt. Col K Yusuf (October 16, 2016), Lt. Col Abu Ali (November 4, 2016), Lt. Col B. U. Umar (November 15, 2016) and Lt. Col O. Umusu (12 December 2016).
Another officer, Lt. Col K Yusuf, went missing in action and the army is still searching for him.
The spokesman of Operation Lafiya Dole could not be reached immediately to comment for this story.