Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau(centre) flanked by three terrorists on either side
PHOTO CREDIT: AFP
Aug. 5 (Xinhua)
Two attacks by gunmen have claimed 35
lives in Nigeria’s northeastern state of
Borno, military authorities reported on
Monday. The attacks, carried out on Sunday by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect, were confirmed by spokesperson of the military-led Joint Task Force (JTF) Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement made available to Xinhua.
Musa said the gunmen launched a
repelled attack on a Mobile Police Base at Bama Town, which has recently become a flashpoint of attacks by the sect members. “The encounter led to the death of one policeman and 17 Boko Haram terrorists. Two soldiers were also wounded,” said the military mouthpiece
A second attack, in which two soldiers
were killed, was launched when the
defiant terrorists stormed another base
of the Multi-national Joint Task Force,
comprising of troops from Nigeria, Niger
and Chad, at Malum Fatori area of the northern state. The soldiers killed 15 Boko Haram terrorists during the attack, according to Musa. The military has since cordoned off the areas and normalcy has returned to the two towns, the military spokesperson added.
Many residents were killed in May when
suspected terrorists raided Bama Town,
killing mostly children and women. At least 25 people were also killed in
separate weekend attacks by gunmen in
the Dawashi District of Kukawa local
government and Mainok areas of the
northeastern state exactly a week ago.
Borno State, located in Nigeria’s
northeast region, is a flashpoint of
attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram since 2009, when the sect launched its
insurgency targeting churches, security
facilities, schools and villages.
REUTERS quote Musa as saying that “four trucks, three motorbikes, dozens of explosive devices,three rocket-propelled grenades, 10 AK47 rifles and over 100 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the Islamists.”
(additional reporting by REUTERS)