GUN BATTLE ONGOING AT GAMBORU-NGALA ON THE BORDER WITH CAMEROON AS TROOPS, INSURGENTS CLASH…24-HOUR CURFEW SLAMMED ON POTISKUM AS JSTF MOUNT HOUSE-TO-HOUSE SEARCHES

JSTF soldier(r)and cop on urban combat and house clearing operations at Damaturu, NE Nigeria June 2012

JSTF soldier(r)and cop on urban combat and house clearing operations in NE Nigeria June 2012

AFP
6 August, 2013

Gunfire and explosions shook one
northeastern Nigerian town Tuesday while soldiers slapped a round-the-clock
curfew on another in the region hit by
waves of insurgent attacks, the military
and residents said.

Clashes broke out in the town of Gamboru Ngala on the border with Cameroon on Monday night and continued on Tuesday, a resident said. The military had not commented on the situation there and details remained unclear.

Meanwhile, a round-the-clock curfew was imposed on the city of Potiskum and soldiers carried out house-to-house
searches. The military did not say why it moved to suddenly impose the curfew in Potiskum or provide other details. The operation came ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday which follows the fasting month of Ramadan. The situations in the two towns did not appear to be linked as they are located hundreds of kilometres apart in Africa’s most populous nation.

In Gamboru Ngala, one resident said the
fighting began after someone who runs
errands for immigration officers was shot and wounded. “We have been bombarded with explosions and sounds of gunfire since yesterday evening,” the resident said. Residents over the border in Cameroon also reported hearing gunshots.

In Potiskum, residents said soldiers were conducting house-to-house searches in two neighbourhoods and word had spread in the town that troops were looking for high-profile members of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

“The Joint Task Force announces the
imposition of a 24-hour curfew commencing from today,” a military
statement said late Monday. “Residents of Potiskum town are enjoined to remain calm and cooperate with security agencies by remaining indoors until the curfew is lifted.” It gave no indication of how long the curfew would remain in place. Nigeria will celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Thursday and Friday.

“I have been able to contact some people in other parts of town and from what I gathered there is a huge military
deployment in town and that house-to-
house searches have begun in two areas,” resident Kabiru Ahmed said.Another resident provided a similar
account.

The clashes and military operation came
in the wake of fighting in two other
northeastern towns on Sunday that left at least 35 people dead, most of them
insurgents, according to the military.Those clashes broke out in the towns of
Bama and Malam Fatori and were
triggered by attacks on soldiers and a
police station, the military said.

Nigeria’s northeast is currently under a
state of emergency as the military
pursues an offensive seeking to end Boko Haram’s four-year insurgency. The insurgency is estimated to have claimed more than 3,600 lives since 2009,including killings by the security forces.

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4 Responses to GUN BATTLE ONGOING AT GAMBORU-NGALA ON THE BORDER WITH CAMEROON AS TROOPS, INSURGENTS CLASH…24-HOUR CURFEW SLAMMED ON POTISKUM AS JSTF MOUNT HOUSE-TO-HOUSE SEARCHES

  1. jimmy says:

    This is a follow up to what i have have just described it appears we are witnessing run for the border tactics it BEHOOVES THE F.G regardless of the inevitable with Cameroon to deploy at least one to two MI35 to monitor/ cut of the escape route/ insert special forces right where the most likely escape would be for these insurgents.
    It is also very important for every to see that someone who is very high profile in the hierarchy of the b.h. either wants to come back into NIGERIA or is trying to create a foothold Ramadan comes to an end tomorrow stayed tuned .

    • eyimola says:

      Correct on all points. Especially the Ramadan link. I also think Boko Haram are trying to prove they are not completely wiped out yet. That in itself is a manifestation of desperation.

  2. anas says:

    The camerounian authorities shuld also double up their efforts cos this is nt just a nigerian problem bt a regional problem . At least a battlion of their gendarmes shuld be deployed to its border with d affected inorder to it make difficult 4 these terrorists to escape nigerian offensives and get refuge in refuge in cameroun

  3. Tunde Olayinka says:

    It seems that nigeria has no other choice but to establish border outposts along its borders to establish military presence as a first line of defence against the insurgents.

    This would entail having sizeable number of mechanised and motorised troops along strategic entry points on the border in the troubled areas in fortified outposts to ensure that the troops can effectively defend themselves against armed assaults by large numbers of heavily armed insurgents pending when reinforcements can be made available in the event of an attack.

    Such an action would cut off the entry & exit points of the insurgents since it appears they are now very much interested in cross border raids

    The outposts can also house all border control elements like immigration, customs etc and who would then attempt to stop proliferation of arms & men across our borders in these troubled areas.

    Critically these outpost can then serve as a base for armed border patrols along the border areas to search and destroy the enemy where ever they may be found & cut off their exits when they carry out attacks within the country. Possibly this may also be mixed with the building of fortified walls along our border to control unauthorized movements as is currently done in isreal.

    Once this is in place, fg has to procure attack and troop carrying helicopters & made available in naf or special forces bases in the north with round the clock troops available as a quick responce unit to search and destroy the insurgents whenever they launch their attacks on nigerian cities within short notice.

    The implication of this is that the fg has to expend reasonable amount of funds to properly equip the troops for modern day ctcoin warfare and troops expansion in line with current demands

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