from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Army has repelled an attack by the Boko Haram terrorists who invaded some northeastern towns in a bid to loot food and other logistics.
A volunteer assisting the army was killed in the exchange of gunfire while several civilians were injured.
Terrorists attacked the Gubio and Magumeri communities in Borno State where they sought to access markets.
“The attack was however repelled by the troops,” said Ado Isa, the Nigerian Army spokesperson.
“Consequently, due to fierce exchange of fire, the terrorists were forced to withdraw in disarray from the town resulting to damages on buildings and property along their route of withdrawal.”
Isa said there were no casualties on the troops as wrongly insinuated on social media.
“However, a vigilante sadly lost his life in a cross fire. Also some civilians in the area reportedly sustained various degrees of injuries.”
Isa said peace had been restored in affected communities.
The Nigerian Army is engaged in a decade-long battle against the Islamist Boko Haram group.
More than 30 000 people have been killed while more than 2 million others displaced.
– CAJ News