Troops Re­pel Boko Haram At­tack in Da­masak, ... Kill Many in Yobe

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Hamza Idris

Nige­rian troops yes­ter­day re­pelled hun­dreds of Boko Haram mem­bers who wanted to at­tack Da­masak, a town in north­ern part of Borno State.

Cred­i­ble sources said the as­sailants be­long­ing to the Mus’ab Al­bar­nawi camp of the Boko Haram, drove to Da­masak in con­voy of ve­hi­cles mounted with Rocket Pro­pelled Gre­nades (RPGs).

They were, how­ever, am­bushed by Nige­rian troops who got prior in­for­ma­tion of the planned at­tack, one of the sources said, adding that many of the at­tack­ers were killed.

A lo­cal who does not want his name in print, said the at­tack­ers went to Da­masak around 5.45pm. “The fight con­tin­ued through the night and the in­vaders could not get ac­cess to the town,” he said.

He added the ca­su­alty fig­ure from both sides would be known to­mor­row [to­day]. A se­cu­rity source who is not in the po­si­tion to speak on record con­firmed the at­tack.

Da­masak is the head­quar­ters of Mob­bar Lo­cal Govern­ment Area in north­ern Borno. It is lo­cated near the con­flu­ence of the Yobe River and Ko­madugu Gana River, ad­join­ing the border with Niger. It was taken over by the Boko Haram in the past.

And in Yobe State, many Boko Haram fight­ers who wanted to at­tack Goniri vil­lage in Gu­jba Lo­cal Govern­ment Area, yes­ter­day, were also killed by Nige­rian sol­diers.

A se­cu­rity source who con­firmed the devel­op­ment, said the Boko Haram fight­ers went to Goniri around 4pm.

“There was se­ri­ous fight but I can as­sure you that our men had an up­per hand to­day (yes­ter­day),” he said.

Two sources from Goniri who are now in Da­maturu con­firmed at­tempt by the Boko Haram to take over Goniri and the mil­i­tary fa­cil­ity there.

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