Nigeria’s military said it repelled a Boko Haram attack Saturday on a village 28 miles east of the Borno State capital of Maiduguri. Army spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman denied the attack was a direct ambush on army Chief Lieutenant General Tukur Burtai, who was visiting the area at the time of the attack to encourage troops to keep up the fight against the terrorist group.
Usman said the militants did not even know the army chief was in the vicinity. He said the army repelled the attack with overwhelming firepower, killing 10 of the terrorists and capturing five. He also said one government soldier was killed and five wounded.