Monday, February 19, 2018

Troops, Boko Haram Clash in Army Chief’s Village


There was fierce battle between Nigerian troops and Boko Haram at Dawn on Saturday, in Buratai the hometown of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, residents of a nearby village to which people fled to, have told the Agence France Presse (AFP).

Though there was no immediate report of casualties, but Abubakar Umar, a resident of the nearby hamlet of Miringa, confirmed fighting began at 5:00 am after Boko Haram insurgents attacked the village.

“At one point we could hear explosions coming from the direction of Buratai,” he said.

Troops reinforcements from a military base in the town of Biu, 30 kilometres from Buratai, were seen passing through Miringa.

“Nine trucks conveying soldiers and another four carrying local hunters drove through our village towards Buratai and from what we hear more are on their way,” said Shitu Ayuba, another resident.

Some Buratai residents had fled to Miringa, where they took shelter in a primary school, locals said.

Buratai and nearby villages have been repeatedly targeted in deadly raids by the Islamist sect since June, when the army chief assumed office. However, the attack may be due to military gains against the sect.

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