At least 12 soldiers, 4 policemen and four civilians were feared killed with the destruction of Divisional Police Headquarters, market, shops, houses and vehicles when about 200 heavy armed gunmen in Toyota Hilux vehicles attacked Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.
A statement issued by General Chris Olukolade, more than 50 of the terrorists were killed in the encounter when ground troops and the Air Force fighter jets engaged the attackers. The troops according to the information director, repelled a daring attack on troops’ locations in Damboa, Borno State yesterday night.
“The terrorists had stormed the troops’ bases and police locations while most of the troops were out on patrol of surrounding villages.” The incident took place on Friday at about 5:00pm when the insurgents with anti-aircraft guns, Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, Rocket Propelled Launchers stormed the town in what sources described as a revenge mission targeted at the Military and Police.
A Cordon and search of the locality is ongoing, while the bodies of the fallen soldiers have been recovered and deposited in the military morgue. The wounded are also receiving treatment in the military medical facility.