The military in Borno State says it killed about 50 Boko Haram terrorists during gun battles with members of the sect in several villages.This comes on the heels of a fresh attack launched by the insurgents in Bulabulin Ngaura village which claimed the life of an aide to the state Governor, Kashim Shettima along with eight others on Friday.
It was also gathered that a family of five was abducted by the insurgents.
Military spokesman Sagir Musa told journalists that the army successfully repelled the attack, pursuing the terrorists to their camps with air supports during which about 50 terrorists were killed.
“Troops of 5 Brigade of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army have effectively repelled Boko Haram terrorists attack on Gajiram and Bulabulin Ngabura communities in Nganzai and Konduga local government areas of Borno state,” he said.
“Subsequently the villages have been rescued from the fangs of the insurgents. At the moment, the Five Brigade troops are pursuing the remnants of the fleeing terrorists by blocking all possible exit routes,” he added.
He said the army has further blocked all exit routes and is on a search for fleeing members of the group.
In the attack on Bulabulin Ngaura of Konduga local government area, where an aide of the governor, Mohammed Sani, was reportedly killed, the insurgents were said to have operated in military camouflage uniforms.
Posing as soldiers, they mounted a roadblock by the town, along Maiduguri – Biu road flagging down passing vehicles, one of them which turned out to be Sani’s own. He was killed along with eight others in the area.
In the attack on Gajiram, gunmen raided a market, school, police station and the local government secretariat, killing 15 persons.