“We were just at the front lines battling insurgency (bokoharam), we had just returned from a trip which we had to fight off 2 ambushes with the second lasting for 6 hours.

I was having my food portion in the trench (which isn’t very much), then I heard a sound of a car approaching at very high speed. It was a VBIED in form of Volkswagen Golf 2 rigged with IED and a bokoharam insurgent chained to the wheels just incase he changes his mind before the target.

I didn’t even have my jacket on. Everyone just engaged that car without being told because we already know the insurgency signature car for suicide bombings. It detonated before reaching us about a few metres away but of course some felt it.

That’s when the BK boys starting trooping in numbers to our base trying to dislodge us, don’t remember how many hours this lasted for but the last man we killed had the early morning sun in his face. I served for 8 years. 5 of them fighting the BK boys.”

– Anonymous Nigerian Soldier. 2014, Borno State Maiduguri, North East Nigeria.


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