B’Haram terrorists attack Yobe community, army location

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Olaleye Aluko, Abuja

 Boko Haram insurgents have invaded Katarko community in the Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, and attacked a base of the Nigerian Army, belonging to the 120 Battalion.

Our correspondent learnt that the troops of the battalion, who are also on Operation Lafiya Dole, had several hours of gun battle with the insurgents, who reportedly escaped into bushes with injuries while some were reportedly killed.

The terrorists, said to be loyal to the Islamic State fighters, have a culture of attacking military bases and stealing ammunition. They had on Tuesday attacked a military base in Kukawa in the Lake Chad area of Borno State.

After the Kukawa attack, 16 soldiers were reported missing.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Texas Chukwu, confirmed the attack in Katarko, Yobe, saying the troops were making efforts to arrest fleeing members of the group, while normalcy in the community had been restored.

The army spokesman said, “The situation has been brought under control by the troops who are currently embarking on clearance patrol. Residents of Katarko and Yobe State in general are advised to go about their legitimate business and to report any suspicious activity or movement in their area to the law enforcement agents for prompt action.”

Chukwu told our correspondent that he had yet to get any information on the missing soldiers after the Boko Haram attack on Kukawa.

“I have nothing on it. I am trying to get information from people on the fields. There is nothing I can say on it for now,” the army spokesman said.

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