Military, Boko Haram battle leaves many dead

Gunfights between troops and Boko Haram militants during the weekend at different places in Borno state, were feared to have left many people dead and others wounded while homes and other properties were destroyed.

The deadly encounters at various communities of Ngala, Bama and Konduga local government areas of the state, were reported to have happened at different times between Friday and Sunday.

At the time of filing this report, the military did not confirm the incidents neither the police did nor some international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) whose personnel and properties were said to have been affected had made comments on the events.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri, however, learnt despite the details were sketchy that the insurgents had launched coordinated attacks on a military formation and humanitarian personnel hub at Gamboru town in Ngala local government.

There, the attackers were said to have killed many people, injured more others, burnt two operational vehicles belonging to NGOs and destroyed other properties while a Boko Haram gun-truck was seized by the troops.

Our correspondent further learnt that another set of gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram militants had laid an ambush on the troops in Bama local government where the attack was repelled with casualties on both sides.

He also gathered that scores of travelling soldiers aboard some vehicles plying Damboa – Biu highway, were ambushed by the insurgents who, in another scene in Konduga local government, attacked Auno village for the third time in one week. (Daily Trust)