“4 Soldiers, 2 Policemen Killed, Travellers Trapped” As Boko Haram Attacks Military Formation
Report has it that four soldiers and two policemen where among the 13 persons killed while many others sustained gun wounds when suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked a military formation in Borno on Thursday evening.
Sahara Reporters gathered that the militants beseiged Jakana in military fatigue at about 6pm and attacked the army base and a police station, raining bullets on the structures and razing the police station, leaving many travellers trapped. They also killed four soldiers and two mobile policemen in the process.
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It quoted a vigilante source as saying that the insurgents rode on utility vehicles to the military base and police station in Jakana Village, situated along Maiduguri-Kano Highway in Konduga Local Government Area of the state.
The vigilante source said seven Boko Haram fighters were killed and several of them were injured in the gun battle, while nine civilians were wounded as well.
“The terrorists came with several anti-aircraft gun,” the vigilante source said.
“The battle lasted for about three hours. Unfortunately, some gallant soldiers lost their lives while preventing the invaders.
“There were casualties on both sides. Although four soldiers lost their lives to the attackers, they met stiff resistance from military. The police station was burnt down and, unfortunately, two policemen lost their lives.”
Modu Ba’masa, a resident of Jakana, frowned at the security agencies for not being proactive about the attack.
“Apart from soldiers and policemen who were killed, nine villagers were injured in the crossfire. If they acted earlier, it wouldn’t have happened,” Ba’masa told the news outlet.
“We are not safe at all because three days ago, there were rumours everywhere that they were planning to attack Jakana town, and we went to inform the both police and military but nothing was done about it until they allowed them to come and attack. It is bad!”