Another Drunken Nigerian Soldier Goes Wild With Rifle In Damboa – Kills 2, Injures UN Pilot

By Abdulkareem Haruna

Barely 24 hours after a drunken soldier drove his car to crush a serving army general to death in Lagos state, another beer-filled trooper in Borno state went wild with his rifle and killed one of his colleagues and a humanitarian worker.

The trigger-happy soldier attacked two UN pilots at the airstrip in Damboa in southern Borno leaving one of them injured. The soldier then turned his rifle to gun down one of his colleagues, as he continue to spray bullets until his other colleagues tactically neutralized him.

Details of why the drunken soldier went haywire with his rifle are still sketchy at the moment; even as the military command in Borno state had confirmed the sad incident.

Spokesman of the Operation Hadin Kai military command and control center, Samson Zhakom, announced via a terse statement.

Mr Zhakom, an army major, was quoted in the statement saying that “the Theatre Command Operation HADIN KAI regrets to inform the public of a sad occurrence at one of our military base today.”

“A soldier shot and killed a staff of one of the NGOs providing humanitarian support in the North East. Same soldier also killed another soldier and injured the co-pilot of one of the UN helicopters. Own troops on the ground immediately neutralized the errant personnel. The injured co-pilot has been stabilized while the corpses of the deceased have been moved to the 7 Division Hospital.

Detailed investigation into the incident and subsequent remedial actions have commenced into the highly regrettable incident. Further details will be provided later,” said Major Zhakom, an Assistant Director, Army Public Relations.

The drunk shooting

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