….Foiled Another Attempt By Boko Haram To Invade Maiduguri, 4 Civilian JTF Killed, Scores Of Soldiers Killed, Injured
From. Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri
No fewer than 73 BOKO Haram terrorists were yesterday? Sunday killed in Maiduguri when?Joint Nigerian army, special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS)?of the Nigerian Police Force? and Volunteer youths popularly known?as Civilian JTF successfully repelled another? attempt by the Boko?Haram terrorists to invade Maiduguri the Borno state?capital through Damboa.
Our correspondent reports that the Boko Haram terrorists?who came through Molai village an? outskirt of Maiduguri city along Maiduguri -Damboa-Biu road?forced many? residents of the area to flee into Maiduguri metropolis? following? sounds of gunshots, bombs and RPG as wellness stray bullets on their roofs? from both the terrorists and Security personnel.?The attack which stated around 5.30 am early morning? latest upto about 10 am when the Air force fighter jets finally around 8.30 amcame to the rescue of the joint task force.
Security sources said “through inteligence reports the joint team? assembled at the entrance of Maiduguri? few kilometers away from the Milo militate check point and the dredges armed and prepared waiting for their enemies to arrive? when around 4.30 the signs of their presence or arrival emanated and we begin? to fire them.”
“the? terrorist also started returning? fire revealing themselves and their capacity? while on outside we were well prepared and set for them.? And before you know it,? I comment our soldiers and the SARS as well as the Civilian JTF.? We finished them but we took them unawares and fave them squarely.? We dealt with them but we also have some casualties as usual.? Some of the soldiers were touched or wounded and the Civilian JTF too. ”
“yes some soldiers? died imbued course of the fight but I can not give you any figure now without confirmation? but I know they may be upto three or four that I saw while the civilian JTF too could be two or three members but many were injured.? The terrorists cleared may be upto 70 or more because some were alive arrested.? Their vehicles and guns were also seized while I learnt that a few tannest either into the bush or nearby villages which informed the Air force fighter jets being on surveillance. The casualties have been rushed to the Bulunkutu? hospital for the Civilian JTF? while the military? and police were taken to their respective hospitals.? However clam has return to town and everywhere as people now go about their normal businesses uninterrupted? and without any curfew “.?It could be recalled that the incident which started at?about 5:30 am? Sunday morning came just barely a? week after the last Sunday 25th attack on Maiduguri, Konduga? and?Monguno? as well as just only two weeks to the February 14th general elections.?A resident of the area,?one Mallam Adamu Musa said “the soldiers in the area told us to flee the area, as?all the soldiers? took position? of the entire area to engage the BOKO Haram terrorists in a fierce battle.”
Adamu said ” I saw many people were killed including civilians? but many casualties were on the side of the BOKO haram insurgents, as the combine team? of the military, civilian JTF and SARS assisted by the? aerial bombardment by the Nigerian air force fighter jets? successfully??repelled the attack “.
?Many insurgents were killed including some?civilian casualties, while? 2 artilleries, vehicles,?motorcycles and other armories were recovered by the security agents while? many residents?have also fled the area except few of? the youths? that were assisting? the security operatives?, Musa added.
A member of Civilian JTF, Sheraton Sector Command,? one Malam? Ibrahim Idi who also took part in the operation told our correspondent on phone that ? as I am talking to you? now,? we just came back from Dalia village in pursuit of the fleeing BOKO Haram? terrorists. We killed a lot of?them,? while? 2 artilleries vehicles, motorcycles?and many arms and ammunitions were also recovered from the insurgents “.?? one of the insurgents? who hide on the fence of?Molai General hospital? shooting at the? soldiers, our members and?civilians thanked God one of the? residents? of the area took him?by surprise from? behind the fence and brought him down?with his stick and our boys quickly dealt with him and? later killed?him?, Ibrahim said.
Another member of Civilian JTF, from the Damboa Road Sector Command, one? Garba Mansur who took part in?the operation said they received a called from their overall chairman that the BOKO haram insurgents were successfully repelled? at Molai village along Maiduguri-Damboa? road,? the outskirt of the? Maiduguri city and that they were moving?towards? Dala Abuja Zannari area where they quickly?mobilized their members and move to the area on surveillance “, Garba said.? ?it was a hectic operation and the security personnel actually engaged them in a gun battle? and they were also assisted by our members but?when the? BOKO Haram insurgents started shooting Rocket Propelled?Grenade (RPG), the soldiers asked us to start crawling but before we know 4 of our members were killed”, Garba added.
IN a related development , a 70 year old man, his granddaughter,? one other girl and his ram were killed by a stray RPG in?Zannari, Abuja Sheraton of Maisandari ward of Maiduguri?metropolis during the attack.
A resident of the area , one Malam? Maikudi? said the stray RPG hit the old man?when he was sitting under a shade in front of his house with his?animal when the stray? bullets stroke the tree they were sitting under,?killing him, his 3 years? old grand daughter and her friend and?one of his? rams.