Insurgents Invade Army Chief’s Village A Fourth Time


Scores of Boko Haram sect members on Monday night, for a fourth time in recent months, invaded the home town of the chief of army staff, Tukur Baratai, a Major General.

The militants,however, were repelled by soldiers, who have been patrolling the streets of Baratai since the last onslaught on the village about a week ago, according to military sources.

The militants who attacked the community and adjoining villages recently left massive destruction in their wake.

The community was first attacked in February, last year, when many houses were razed and villagers killed by the rampaging sect members.



    Acting Director Army Public Relations, Sani Kukasheka Usman, a Colonel said the insurgents in their latest desperate attempt to capture the town struck at about 9.30 pm in order to catch the soldiers unawares.

    “The terrorists returned again at about 3.00am but were equally pushed back. However, they were repelled by the gallant soldiers. The situation and town is cool and calm,” Usman said in a brief press statement.

    The first time the militants struck, Buratai was serving as commander of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta.

    It is widely believed that his series of antagonistic verbal attacks on the sect and his vow to rout them is responsible for the last two attacks on the community.

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