Nigerian Troops Successfully Chase Out Boko Haram Insurgents from Bama
The temporary setback experienced by the Nigerian army in its bloody battle with members of the Boko Haram sect in Bama, Borno state has been turned into victory.
The troops on Tuesday chased out members of the Boko Haram sect who had earlier takne parts of the town in a fierce battle that resulted in the loss of several lives.
According to report, the sect had on Monday launched a daring attack on the town as part of moves to expand its caliphate from Gwoza, which it captured last week.
Investigations revealed that the military authorities called in the fighter jets of the Nigeria Air Force after hours of fierce fighting between troops and the insurgents to carry out sustained air strikes on them.
A security source said on Tuesday that the military leadership in the North-East had made preparation for the strafing of the strategic town by telling all the civilians and even military personnel to relocate from the vicinity of areas under the control of the insurgents.
It was learnt that several security personnel and civilians who obeyed the call of the military were being quartered at Sector 8 and Sector 9 in Maiduguri. It was further gathered that the intensity of the air attacks on the insurgents aided the soldiers in pushing them out of Bama.
As the time of filing this report, the insurgents were said to be massing on the outskirt of Bama in another bid to carry out another assault on the town. The security source said that the Monday’s attack by the insurgents was coordinated from Gwoza, which the insurgents captured last week.
The security source said that soldiers and the insurgents were still engaged in a gun duel over the control of the town even though the troops had been able to push them out of the town.
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