Jet Fighters Pound B’Haram In Damaturu

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BY LAWRENCE ETIM.

Some Boko Haram  insurgents on Monday night advanced towards Damaturu, the Yobe State capital but were  halted by ground troops and fighters of the Nigerian Air Force. Few hours before the incident, another batch of  insurgents launched  a vicious attack on Jakana in   the Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State.

From Military   sources  and eyewitnesses  it was gathered that  many residents of  Benisheik and  Muna in Borno State fled  their homes  following  threats by Boko Haram to  attack their two communities  on Tuesday night. The  insurgents suffered heavy casualties in the operation described as one of the most successful outings of the   Air Force since the commencement of the   campaign against Boko Haram. “On Monday night, they attempted to attack Damaturu; they were advancing towards the city  when they  were sighted but    soldiers and  Air Force fighters  countered them. ‘Several of them were killed in that fight and a security personnel was also shot to death.

The  terrorists were however said to have  succeeded in burning down the village and   the only police station on the Maiduguri/Damaturu highway   even though many  of them were killed. It was further gathered that the soldiers  seized  a  Mercedes Benz 9/11 truck   abandoned by  the insurgents. Three  soldiers  were  however said to have sustained gunshot wounds while  two  policemen were  shot to death.

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