- Says no presence of terrorists any longer
Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Nigerian Army has confirmed fresh attacks by suspected members of Boko Haram terrorists against some villages in Borno State.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said the terrorists, while scavenging for food at about 5a.m. yesterday, attacked Kwang village and vigilantes from Dagu (which is about four kilometres from Kwang).
Usman however, said the security forces responded and repelled the terrorists’ attack.
During the fire fight that ensued, he said one of the vigilantes sustained gunshot injuries on his hand and was evacuated to General Hospital Uba while the terrorists fled with gun shot wounds.
“Troops were eventually dispatched to the area with clear orders to pursue and deal with the terrorists. They are still exploiting,” he stated.
In a related development, Usman said some suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists at about 4.35p.m. of same day, attacked Boftari, which is about 15 kilometres from Chibok town.
He said on receiving the information, troops from Operation Lafiya Dole stationed in Forward Operation Base Chibok, mobilised to the area.
“The troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists ambush site shortly before Kuburmbula village. They quickly cleared the ambush and proceeded to Boftari,” he added.
He also said the terrorists had set some houses on fire and fled before the troops arrive but have been able put out the fire and are currently on the hunt for the terrorists.
“It is imperative to state that contrary to rumours flying around some media reports, no life was lost,” Usman clarified.
He also insisted that there was no presence of the terrorists in any of the villages talk less of hoisting flags as alleged.
He assured that the troops have continued to maintain high level of vigilance.