Terrorist group, Boko Haram have struck again killing eight soldiers and wounding 11 others in two separate attacks in three days.
The army formations involved in the incidents also lost several arms and ammunition, and are calling for urgent restocking of their armories.
The first incident, involving troops deployed at the Forward Operating Base in Sabon Gari, Borno State, occurred at about 6 p.m on Monday when over 200 Boko Haram terrorists on motorcycles suddenly descended on the base.
The terrorists, according to those familiar with the incidents, had five gun trucks on which twin barrel artillery guns were mounted.
The Nigerian troops fought back gallantly, but were dislodged from their location after about an hour of fierce battle.
Five soldiers were killed in action while nine others were seriously injured. Four other soldiers are yet to be found as of now.
Army authorities did not immediately comment about the development.
The counterattack, however, was largely successful, but the army is currently lamenting the loss of their equipment, arms and ammunition in the incident.
Our sources gave a list of equipment carted away by the terrorists to include three Steyr Armored Personnel Carriers, one gun truck mounted with anti-aircraft ammunition, and 9 self-propelled guns.
The terrorists also made away with 16 AK47 rifles, one HF radio, two rocket-propelled grenades, two 60MM mortals and all the reserved ammunition and drugs in the base.
But two days later, just as the army was trying to address the loss caused it by that incident, troops of 82 Division Task Force Battalion ran into an IED ambush laid by the terrorists.
That attack occurred at about 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, while the soldiers were on administrative patrol along the Ngoshe-Bokkotinta-Pulka axis.
Three soldiers were killed in the incident while two were wounded.
The troops also lost one gun truck, one mine lab detector device and four AK 47 rifles.
A large number of terrorists were killed in the two incidents while several others escaped with gunshot wounds.
The latest Boko Haram attacks despite the efforts of the Nigerian soldiers indicate they have not been completely defeated. The terror group has lost virtually all the territory it once controlled to Nigerian forces and displaced persons have since started returning to such communities.