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Sunday, January 17, 2016
14 BH members, 1 soldier dead, after attack on Military base in Yobe
Boko Haram insurgents yesterday attacked the 120 Task Force Battalion of the Army at Goniri in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe state.
The insurgents appeared to have come from Shettimari in the Borno axis of
the town and engaged the soldiers in a fierce fight that lasted for almost four hours.
A military source said the attack was effectively repelled.
“But we lost one soldier in the fight,” the source said .
Spokesperson for the 27 Task Force Brigade in Damaturu Lt. George Okupe who confirmed the attack told SR correspondent that no soldier lost his life in the attack except one soldier that was wounded.
He said that the terrorists came by foot to the 120 Task Force Battalion in Goniri at about 5.50am on Friday and immediately launched an attack.
They were over-powered and the rest fled,he said.
Lt. Okupe said about 14 Boko Haram terrorists were killed in Tashan Fulani Village around Chorokusko in Babangida Local Government Area of Yobe State while weapons including 6AK 47 riffles, 3 IEDs, four 36 handheld grenades 1GPMG, 4 magazines, 382 Rams of 7.62 MM Nato were recovered from the terrorists.
Goniri is one of the communities in Yobe state recently recovered from Boko Haram by soldiers and it is currently being cleared of deadly mines laid by the terrorists.
Yesterday’s attack came less than 24 hours after the Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau visited Yobe in company of all the service chiefs including Police Inspector General SolomonArase, the Comptroller General of Immigration Service, Martins Kure Abashe, Comptroller General of Prison Service, Dr. Peter Ekpendu ,and the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp, Abdullahi Gana to assess the extent of destruction to police and other security formations.