JUST IN: Boko Haram attacking Borno, Yobe villages

Boko Haram militants are attacking villages in Yobe and Borno states Thurday night, sources told GovernanceNews.

The Yobe state community under attack this night is Goniri Garuwa in Gujba local government area of the state. Days earlier, Boko Haram attacked a military base in Kukareta, and also ambushed Nigerian troops along Damaturu – Maiduguri road, killing nearly 20 of the military officials.

While Doron Baga, Cross Kauwa and Kukawa – all in northern part of Borno State are presently under attack by the terrorists.

This is coming hours after the Nigerian Army confirmed another attack by the militants on the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) base on Wednesday night in Baga, Borno state.

Baga, a fishing community, is the headquarters of the 7 Brigade of the Nigerian Army and the MNJTF.

Security sources are saying that the militants had ran over the town and dislodged military bases there – the Nigerian army however denied that claim, saying the troops had repelled the Wedneday night attacks.

In his statement, Army spokesperson, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said on “Wednesday 26th December 2018, suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked the headquarters of 7 Brigade Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Baga, Borno State, at about 7.00pm.

“The troops along with their Nigerian Navy counterparts put up a very determined fight to repel the attack throughout the night, while Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE sent in reinforcement who are in hot pursuit of the terrorists.

“Similarly, a Search and Rescue team has been constituted. The Nigerian Air Force component has also been mobilised and are engaging the fleeing terrorists. Unfortunately, a naval personnel was killed in action.

“So far, no further details of casualties yet as efforts are on going to clear the terrorists hiding in Baga and environs.

“We enjoin all to remain calm as the troops conduct clearance and mop up operations. We implore members of the general public to disregard any contrary information circulating on the attack.

“We will keep you posted with development on the pursuit and mop up operations.”