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35 Killed In Boko Haram/JTF Clash
Not less than 35 persons have been confirmed dead after an attempted take-over of security and military installations in the state by suspected Boko Haram sect.
Several others are said to be injured.
The Boko Haram insurgents invaded many local government of the state including Kukawa, Abadam, Biu, Kaga, Damboa, Mafa andMarte in spite of the heavy presence of security operatives after they were dislodged from their Sambisa camp base.
According to a statement by the spokesman of the Joint Task Force, JTF, in Borno State, Sagir Musa, the ousted sect members attempted to take-over security and military outfits in the area but were repelled, leading to the death of 32 sect members, two soldiers as well as a policeman.
“Troops have successfully repelled Boko Haram terrorist attacks on mobile police (MOPOL) base and Bama town. Terrorists using sophisticated weapons and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) attacks at about 6:45am on 4 August 2013. The encounter led to the death of one policeman and seventeen Boko Haram terrorists. Two soldiers were also wounded.”
He added: “Similarly, at about10am on 4 August 2013, some BokoHaram terrorists armed with sophisticated weapons attacked the Multinational Joint Task Force, MJTF, location at Malam Fatori. The attack led to the death of two soldiers and 15 Boko Haramterrorists.”
At the end of the confrontations, 4 Toyota Hilux vehicles, 10 AK47rifles, 2 G3 rifles, 10 X 40 mm bombs, 3 RPG tubes, 85 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, an Improvised Explosive Device, 3 motorcycles, 10 AK47 rifles magazines, a G3 magazine, among others were recovered.
Musa said normalcy has returned to both towns and urged the public to continue to assist the security agencies with timely and credible information.
The federal government last week deployed soldiers withdrawn from peace keeping operation in Mali to the troubled state in meeting the request of the state government for additional troops.