Military in Sustained Aerial, Ground Onslaught to Regain Michika
Nigeria military in the battle to dislodge Boko Haram members from Michika yesterday stepped up its attacks with a massive aerial and ground assault on the border town.
The BBC reported yesterday that the insurgents had captured the important trading North-eastern town (Michika), in the sect’s effort to create an Islamic state.
It added that there was fear and panic with people fleeing into bushes as gunfire rang out in the town.
“Concern is mounting that the group plans to target Maiduguri, capital of neighbouring Borno State,” said the BBC Hausa service’s Bilikisu Babangida.
However, military sources said yesterday that the situation was not out of control as soldiers battled under the massive air bombardment provided by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to retake the town.
“The state of things right now in Michika is an ongoing operation. Nothing is certain yet but there is fierce fighting and our military is determined to carry on with the current upswing by crushing the insurgents,” a military source said.
Investigations further revealed that the air force escalated the aerial bombardment of Boko Haram’s position in the town, the type which helped to turn the tide in Bama at the weekend.
“The goal is to smoke out the terrorists and make it easier for our ground troops to gain control of the town.
“There is ongoing heavy aerial bombardment there (Michika) to enable the ground forces hold the ground. This will not abate until we knock off the arsenal of the terrorists,” anotintelligence source added.
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