6 July 2014

Nigeria: 53 Insurgents, 6 Soldiers Die As Troops Clash With Boko Haram

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JTF fighting terrorism

No fewer than 50 terrorists, five soldiers and one senior officer died on Friday night when some terrorists attacked the troops' bases and police locations in Damboa.

This was made known last night by the Defence Headquarters, in a statement issued by its director of information, Major General Chris Olukolade.

He gave the details of the clash: "Over 50 terrorists died as troops repelled a daring attack on troops' locations in Damboa, Borno State, yesterday (Thursday) night. The terrorists had stormed the troops' bases and police locations while most of the troops were out on patrol of surrounding villages.

"A total of five soldiers and a senior officer were also killed while repelling the attack. A cordon-and-search of the locality is ongoing, while the bodies of the fallen soldiers have been recovered and deposited in the military morgue. The wounded are also receiving treatment in the military medical facility."

Also, the Damboa divisional police headquarters was reportedly attacked. Borno State police public relations officer (PPRO) Mr Gideon Jubrin confirmed the attack on the Damboa police station but declined details of destructions and human death toll.

"There was an attack on our Divisional Police Headquarters in Damboa during the early hours of Saturday and it affected some of our men; we don't have details but we are waiting for a team of policemen sent out to Damboa on fact-finding to bring us details," said Mr Jubrin.

In another development, the military has recovered some explosives and rifles reportedly hidden in a truck loaded with fish and other goods around Baga area in Borno State.

According to Olukolade, "The troops on patrol around Baga area have recovered explosives and rifles concealed in a truck loaded with fish and other commodities. Four suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the incident."

He also stated that at Konduga, also in Borno State, a suicide bomber in a Golf car on Friday crashed into a checkpoint killing himself, a policeman and three vigilante youth members.

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