Nigerian Army’s most gallant commander dies in Boko Haram ambush

It is a sad moment for the Nigerian Army. Its most efficient fighter has died in battle after surviving deadly onslaughts and dodging bullets for years. Muhammed Abu-Ali, a lieutenant colonel, died in an ambush laid for his troops by the terrorist Boko Haram sect Sources said that fourteen Boko Haram insurgents and four other soldiers died in the attack, the army said. Mr. Abu Ali, commanding officer of 272 Tank Battalion, is reputed as the army’s bravest commander and fighter in Nigeria’s ongoing anti-terrorism war. Last year, he bagged accelerated promotion for his gallantry and efficiency on the battlefield. Highly-placed military officials with knowledge of the battle that claimed the officer and his colleagues informed this newspaper of the development. One of the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the attack occurred at Mallam Fatori, a major Boko Haram stronghold on the northernmost tip of Borno State, on Friday evening. The source said Mr. Abu-Ali was hit by several bullets as he tried to reinforce troops to repel an ongoing attack in the town. It is a sad moment for the Nigerian Army. Its most efficient fighter has died in battle after surviving deadly onslaughts and dodging bullets for years. Muhammed Abu-Ali, a lieutenant colonel, died in an ambush laid for his troops by the terrorist Boko Haram sect Sources said that fourteen Boko Haram insurgents and four other soldiers died in the attack, the army said. Mr. Abu Ali, commanding officer of 272 Tank Battalion, is reputed as the army’s bravest commander and fighter in Nigeria’s ongoing anti-terrorism war.

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Last year, he bagged accelerated promotion for his gallantry and efficiency on the battlefield.

Highly-placed military officials with knowledge of the battle that claimed the officer and his colleagues informed this newspaper of the development.

One of the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the attack occurred at Mallam Fatori, a major Boko Haram stronghold on the northernmost tip of Borno State, on Friday evening.

The source said Mr. Abu-Ali was hit by several bullets as he tried to reinforce troops to repel an ongoing attack in the town.

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