Nigerian army records successes against insurgents in Borno and Yobe states

By Post Nigeria December 22, 2014 16:29

Nigerian army records successes against insurgents in Borno and Yobe states

In separate incidences in Borno and Yobe States, hundreds of insurgents were killed this weekend in offensive attacks by Nigerian troops, one of which was an ambush between Maiduguri and Damboa local government areas.

According to Newswatch Times eye witness reports, the insurgents had attacked villages in Borno and progressed in groups into Mamudo and Damagum in Yobe State.

The reports say that the insurgents opened fire at the residents during the attack, but Nigerian troops, supported by fighter jets countered and repelled them, forcing hundreds of the insurgents to abandon their vehicles, motorcycles and weapons and flee.

A resident of Bulabulin, who spoke in anonymity said, “We would have been dead by now but the army really gave the insurgents a good fight”.

Bulabulin is located in Damboa Local Government area of Borno State, close to the village of Gumsuri.

The Damboa residents, who also applauded the Nigerian troops, said at least 35 members of the Islamic extremist sect were killed in the battle with Nigerian security forces.

They said, “The attacks on Damboa began before Friday’s prayers and most of them died in the gun battle”.

A member of the vigilante militia who fight alongside the military, Mr. Haruna Ibrahim, said in a phone call, “we went to the scene this morning to mop up, and dead bodies were littered everywhere, I counted 35 of them”.

In the town and villages of Borno and Yobe state, security forces noted that as part of their operations to mop-up these areas, the military had successfully laid ambush for insurgents who have attempted to step up hostility in recent days.

Sources also disclosed that the sect’s fighters who were displaced from villages in Adamawa State and migrated to Borno and Yobe states have suffered heavy casualties as the military unleashed coordinated attacks on them in the towns and villages of the states since Friday evening.

The source said large number of insurgents died in the process while Hilux trucks filled with improvised explosives devices, IEDs, were destroyed.

In reaction to the victory by the Nigerian troops, the Defence spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, confirmed the attacks but insisted that the exact casualty figures were still unknown as of the weekend, and he promised to disclose the figures as soon as the bodies of the insurgents were gathered from the scene of the encounters.

He also said that during the shootout, Nigerian Troops also recaptured a Hilux vehicle owned by the Borno State Ministry of Education that was hijacked by the insurgents, repainted and mounted with anti-aircraft missiles.

Still speaking, other weapons recovered from the sect by the troops, include rocket propelled grenades and riffles, although two soldiers unfortunately died during the encounter.

In another mop-up operation, Military Engineers who were clearing up Mines, Improvised Explosives Devices, IEDs, and also fixing up the bridges destroyed by the terrorist earlier this year, said they were able to push back the fighters while working on the bridge, killing several insurgents in their shootout operation in Husara.