Boko Haram insurgents raided Abuja on Monday, and ambushed the Presidential Guards Brigade, inflicting serious injuries on three top security personnel.
Presidential Guards Brigade is a special military protection unit in charge of watching over and defending the president from hostile troops and is often stationed at the presidential villa and its environs.
The attack comes hours after the terrorist group promised to kidnap and kill President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.
Soldiers from the Guards Brigade, were said to have been on patrol of the Bwari Area in Abuja, where the Nigerian Law School and the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), is located, before being ambushed by the terrorists.
“Troops on routine patrol along Kubwa–Bwari were ambushed by suspected terrorists,” reads the signal message first seen by The Tribune. “Three soldiers were injured during the attack. The soldiers have been evacuated for medical attention. Details on the extent of their injuries are still under confirmation.”
“The ambush attack happening within the general area of Bwari shows that the terrorists are actually within the location and possibly preparing to carry out their plans to attack the law school in Bwari as earlier reported,” the signal message added.
According to a source who spoke with The Tribune, the presidential brigade bravely repelled the criminal sect’s onslaught.
When contacted by the news medium, Captain Godfrey Anebi Abakpa, acknowledged the attack but did not provide any further detail.