TERROR ATTACKS IN THE FAR NORTHEAST NIGERIAN TOWN OF BAMA: IMPACT ON THE POLICE FORCE AND PRISONS SERVICE – REUTERS PHOTOS

Injured policemen at the Shehu of Bama’s palace as soldiers move around in the background

A policeman examines a burnt-out car for evidence. 22 policemen lost their lives as an invading force of 200 terrorists attacked police stations and a police barracks in the far northeastern town near Cameroon.

Soldiers at the gates of Bama Prison where 14 prison guards were killed and 105 inmates set free by the rampaging terrorists.

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3 Responses to TERROR ATTACKS IN THE FAR NORTHEAST NIGERIAN TOWN OF BAMA: IMPACT ON THE POLICE FORCE AND PRISONS SERVICE – REUTERS PHOTOS

  1. freeegulf says:

    this is classic guerrilla warfare!! it has been repeated thousands of times in conflicts around the world, for decades.
    first, upset the peace in urban areas; explosions, kidnapping, assassinations, bank robbery, attacking checkpoints, bombing and rumours of bombing. generally, put the movement in the hearts of civilians and govt alike. spreading fear and chaos.

    with increased confidence, more recruits, greater info circulation, and stream of weapons flow, the second stage commences; attacking far and remote outposts. hit prisons, police stations, and with more weapons, military installations. taking advantage of speed and surprise, continue attacking distant outpost. start with simple raids of these outpost, free captives, capture arms, release photos and videos for morale boosting, then finally, start holding and defending these captured installations.

    final phase of this clash of ideology; overrun towns and cities, with the end result being either negotiation with the authority (from the position of strength!), or outright victory and the capture of power.

    now, irrespective of the endgame of boko haram (whether is to make the north ungovernable, or to force GEJ to concede 2015, or being a stooge to foreign conspiracy and plans of destabilizing nigeria), it can be said that they have managed to achieve the first phase, partly succeeded with the second stage (they have been unable to overrun any military installation, neither have they held any ‘known’ ground), and if the military onslaught declines, achieving the third and final stage is feasible.

  2. freeegulf says:

    hopefully, GEJ would keep a tight control on the military in order not to reduce the pressure on boko haram. should he lose the current control he has on the army, then, boko haram is bound to grow in size and strength. hopefully it doesn’t get to that point. however, there re increased likelihood that once the sponsors of boko haram start getting desperate and nervous that things are not going their way, they would definitely pour greater resources into neutralizing the army, thereby defanging the current president.

    the military and secret service should continue to put pressure on these terrorists, ensuring that boko haram does not occupy any ‘known’ territory, whether in the north, or in chad, niger and cameroun.
    the moment boko haram start ‘liberating’ and holding grounds, then we would have a fully fledged civil war. strike every revealed hideouts, destroy terrs harbour and neutralize sleepers and sympathizers. counter insurgency is not an easy feat. sheer courage, ingenuity, and perseverance re needed in order to destroy any insurgency. and dont forget, honesty on the part of the politicians. ours are crooked, with many supporting boko haram. sss should do more to stymied these trends.

    kudos to the brave sojas of 202 tank battalion. formidable warriors!!

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