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IED Kills Two Nigerian Soldiers In Borno

At least two soldiers were killed and five others wounded after a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) struck a Nigerian Army Gun truck at Ngala.

It was not clear where the soldiers were heading when they stepped on the IED. They were believed to be from the 3rd Battalion Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru Ngala.

Ngala Local Government Area is located in eastern Borno State on the border with Cameroon and Lake Chad.

The El Beid River Bridge separates Gamboru, Ngala in Nigeria (West Africa)  from Fotokol in Cameroon (Central Africa).

HumAngle learnt that a Nigerian Air Force Helicopter was involved with casualty medical evacuation of the troops.

IED has been a significant challenge for Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram and its splinter faction Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

This is largely due to the use of soft skin (Hilux and buffalo) trucks, insufficient Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles and Counter IED capabilities for troops.

Civilians are also not spared by IED buried on roads as a few weeks ago, two commercial vehicles blew up after stepping on IEDs buried at Maula village, killing four and injuring eight.

Last week, about 40 loggers went missing and three others were discovered dead in Wulgo forest near the town of Gamboru, where they went to collect firewood.

In January, At least 30 people were killed after an IED detonated on a crowded bridge in Gamboru.  In the same month, the humanitarian hub in Ngala was the target of an assault by insurgents.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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