Bomb Blast Kills 7, Injures 18 in Biu

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From. Sadiq abubakar Maiduguri
To. News editor

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bomb blast

Gunmen suspected to be members of the dreadful Boko Haram sect Tuesday night yesterday attacked Hawul local government? council secrrtariat complex in Azare town and set the office of the LGC Caretaker Committee Chairman on fire before proceeding in group to Biu town.

 
While at Biu town before their arrival a bomb blast detonated around? the Tashan Alade area of Biu town killing about 7 persons including a retired police officer and wounded over 19 others.
However, the attempt by the boko haram insurgents? to enter Biu town was repelled and unsuccessful? leaving about 98 boko haram terrorists as on intelligence report the military in Biu were set and ready for them when the soldiers engaged the terrorists at the outskirt of Biu town at the time? the boko haram? insurgents attempted to invade the town through the Military barrack in Biu.

 
Security sources said that the boko haram terrorists wanted to attack the military barrack or take over the barrack but unfortunately the soldiers were alerted of the deadly? attempt of the insurgents and prepared for them.
A civilian JTF official in Biu one Dibal Modu? told our correspondent? that the military with the help of the two Air force fighter jets? that arrived about 30 minutes after, engaged the terrorists who came in a convoy of about 20 Hilux jeeps armed with guns and ammunitions ready for a real battle but the military did their best to repel the attack even before the fighter jets arrived to clear the terrorists from the air shelling all of them and their vehicles.

 
A resident of Biu town, one Balami Adamu told our correspondent? also on phone in Maiduguri that” it was terrible yesterday. We could not sleep. Nobody in Biu town slept well. It was around 6 pm when everything started . These boko haram people wanted or attempted to enter Biu town behind the military barrack through the bush path but the military cleared them”.

 
” We even learnt that before reaching Biu, the insurgents passed through Hawul LGC and set the office of the LGC Chairman on fire but they did not touch anybody or other structures”, Balami said.
According to? Adamu,”Before the boko haram? engage the military? in a fierce battle, a bomb blast? detonated at the Tashan Alade area of Biu town alleged to have been planted? by the? boko haram insurgents killing more than 5 people. Among them is one retired police officer. Many people were also injured as the bomb exploded by the roadside”.

 
Another security source said the boko haram insurgents? actually came in hundreds with the sole aim or target of attacking the military barracks first before proceeding to the town but unfortunately for the terrorist, the military were set and ready for them using all the equipment and armories at their disposal.
“We arrested 41 and killed them at the barrack. We also seized? 4 of their vehicles and Armoured Personnel Carrier APC among others”.
However, a civilian JTF in Biu who does not want his name in print told our correspondent on phone that about 98 boko haram insurgents were instantly killed during the attack? at the battle field while 41 others were arrested by the military for interrogation and later slaughtered and killed by the military at the military barrack.

 
But the vehicles, rifles and ammunitions confiscated from the boko haram insurgents by the military are still at the military barrack in Biu.

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