Nigerian Troops Kill 75 Boko Haram Militants At PHCN Facility In Borno

By Post Nigeria December 19, 2014 06:00

Nigerian Troops Kill 75 Boko Haram Militants At PHCN Facility In Borno

At least 75 Boko Haram fighters were reportedly killed by Nigerian troops on Wednesday during a clash with insurgents in Borno, security sources and Power Holding Company of Nigeria staff have said.

Boko Haram fighters reportedly stormed Bulaburin village in a convoy of Hilux vehicles and motorcycles, to attack military men who escorted PHCN staff to repair power installations that were destroyed by insurgents six months ago in Damboa.

A PHCN staff on assignment in the area told SaharaReporters that the military killed up to 75 militants during the encounter.

He added, “I am happy today because it would have been a black day for us at Bulaburin. We went to repair Maiduguri electrical infrastructure which had been shut down by militants since July. As we were working we started hearing sporadic gun shots, so the troops fought back. However, the intense fight affected our vehicles; we drove to Maiduguri on flat tyres” he said.

A military source reportedly told SR that the militants were met with heavy resistance from the military, having been previously alerted that the insurgents were coming to attack.

According to the source, Nigerian soldiers climbed the telecom mast to try to confirm their approach, and having confirmed it, laid siege for them and struck immediately they came into range.