Heroic Soldier Killed 14 Terrorists Before He Was Gunned Down

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As much as controversies trail the fight against Islamic insurgents in Nigeria and many soldiers losing their lives due to poor motivation and lack of adequate supplies, there are many unreported heroism, patriotism and gallantry exploits of soldiers on the battlefield.

As reported by Saharareporters from a firsthand witness during a raid by Boko Haram on an Army base in Monguno, Borno State in the final week of last year, a soldier who eventually lost his life hunted and downed 14 Islamic terrorists.

“We were on ground when Boko Haram surprised us with a strike,” a soldier who escaped the attack unhurt told Sahara Reporters on Thursday.

“The first thing we did was to run for cover. We ran until we arrived a location fenced with transparent barbed wire. The place was locked.”

The soldier driving the vehicle disembarked and fired at the padlock, paving the way for others to charge through the gate and run until they got to a parapet — “a straight, deep hole that you can take cover in” — where the assailants were hiding in their dozens.

“The Boko Haram insurgents were hiding inside,” said the soldier.

“That was how the driver came down from his own vehicle, collected his rifle, jumped into the parapet and started shooting those guys inside [the insurgents].

“He killed more than 14 Boko Haram insurgents before he died — more than 14. He was killing them and advancing. But there was one insurgent that he shot and thought had died; it was that one who eventually managed to shoot him in the back as he was advancing, otherwise he would have killed many more. He killed many of them already, more than 14.”

Only one soldier — that driver — died in that attack, while another was injured. But in an attack the same week when insurgents overtook Baga, killing many soldiers, with some 700 more missing, the story was entirely different.

“Nobody stood to fight. People ran away — because Boko Haram came with enough weapons. Those guys were holding good weapons. All those things that the Army says about weapons are fake; they are lying. They don’t have what Boko Haram has,” the soldier added.

“You cannot compare yourself holding a blunt knife and trying to fight someone with a sharp cutlass. Imagine, your knife is not long; and it’s not sharp. Now, your opponent has a long and sharp cutlass. The person will surely defeat you.

“So, that is the problem we’re facing; we don’t have weapons. Look at Baga, Boko Haram collected it from the Army. The most painful thing is that the brigade there had a guard room where both soldiers and Boko Haram were locked. When Boko Haram chased everyone away, they opened the guard room. What do you think they would have done to the soldiers in that guardroom? Kill them, of course!”

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