With intense pressure on the Nigerian Federal Government to bring the activities of the Boko Haram to a stand still before the end of December The, Nigerian Army fighting with the support of the Air Force, has killed more than 100 Boko Haram insurgents who attempted to take over the headquarters of the 120 Task Force Battalion in Damaturu, Yobe State.
Mr. Markus Danladi the Yobe state police commissioner confirmed this when he said that four suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers had attacked Buhari Housing Estate and a village on the outskirts of Damaturu thereby killing a score of 18 people and living 25 people injured in the Yobe State
In the meantime, Boko Haram as at yesterday, published a video via social media, in which an unidentified fighter read a statement in Hausa. The video was flanked by dozens of Boko Haram fighters. The during the battle of Goniri yesterday, seven soldiers were killed, while an officer and eight other soldiers sustained injuries
tHE Police commissioner had this to say in a telephone interview. “During the encounter, our gallant troops successfully repelled the attack and inflicted heavy casualties on the invading terrorists as all of them were killed.
“After the encounter, the troops recovered a sizeable number of arms; ammunition and other equipment from the terrorists.
“These include one General Purpose Machine Gun, two Rocket Propelled Grenades, nine AK-47 rifles and belted rounds of 7.62 (NATO) ammunition. Others were various wires used for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), seven Primed IEDs, different types of spanners and a torchlight.
“The troops have consolidated on the encounter and are more determined to defend their location and continue to serve as blocking force to any fleeing terrorists from the Nigerian Air Force aerial bombardments and other troops’ artillery fire.
“In a related development, troops of 21 Brigade on fighting patrol from Bama to Ngurosoye, have destroyed Boko Haram terrorists’ camps along that axis.
“While on patrol, the brave soldiers came across some of the terrorists’ hideouts that also served as fabricating area for IEDs and the terrorists’ training area.
“Another patrol along Bama-Kawuri axis discovered and exhumed IEDs and wires for detonation.
“It is important to reiterate that the Nigerian Army, with the support of the Nigerian Air Force and other security agencies, would not relent in its determined effort to defeat Boko Haram terrorists.”
Suicide bomb attacks on Buhari Estate
Meanwhile, Yobe State Police Commissioner, Mr. Markus Danladi, confirmed that four suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers, yesterday, attacked Buhari Housing Estate and a village on the outskirts of Damaturu, killing 18 people and injuring 25 others.
The multiple blasts, according to the police chief, were coordinated, as the housing estate had twin blasts at a shop and vegetable market along Gashua Road, Damaturu.
“The third bomb blast occurred in one of the Fulani villages, nine kilometres from the state capital, where eight villagers were feared killed. Five people were also injured and brought to the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital for treatment,”
According to the military, the battle which occurred at Goniri saw the troops, well-armed with modern fighting equipment, repelling the terrorists who came in droves, seeking to re-establish a base in Yobe State and capture the arms and ammunition from the battalion’s armoury.
While talking he informed us that all bodies of the Nigerian Army that were all being evacuated. This he said. “The 18 bodies had been evacuated by rescue teams of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Nigerian Red Cross and the Police to the hospital on Gujba road.”