Boko Haram, soldiers engage in fierce gun battle in Damasak

Boko Haram, soldiers engage in fierce gun battle in Damasak

- Nigerian troops engaged Boko Haram terrorists in a gunfight in Borno

- The terrorists tried to attack a military formation

- The attack was however repelled by gallant soldiers

Damasak local government area of Borno state was under crossfire between Nigerian soldiers and Boko Haram fighters.

A competent military source told NAN that the military and the terrorists engaged in a heavy gun battle. He said that the insurgents stormed the town to attack a military formation in the evening but they met stiff resistance from troops.

Reacting, Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, who confirmed the attack to NAN through text message, said the troops were dealing with the terrorists.

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Chukwu said: "Troops of 145 Bn in Damasak, Borno State are engaging Boko Haram Terrorists who came to attack their location at about 6 p.m. this evening. Fierce battle is on going right now. The troops are dealing with the terrorists."

Meanwhile, in response to fresh attacks launched on troop’s bases by Boko Haram insurgents who aim to claim Nigerian territories, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has relocated the operational headquarters of Army Headquarters to Gudumbali in Guzamala local government area of Borno state, Vanguard reports.

A source said the Army chief who aims to get first-hand information of happenings in the theater of operations is visiting all formations, units and forward operations bases and holding durbars (meetings) with troops excluding their Commanders to know if there are challenges.

“The idea is to get first-hand information from them about their welfare and other matters," a source said. This is a strategy employed by Buratai described as ‘Rapid Fire Unscheduled Visit’ which means formations and units are not given prior signals that the COAS is visiting, hence troops in the region are red alert.

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The same source said: “As part of confidence building measures, Lt. General Buratai is also having series of meetings with the locals and village heads of the several locations he is visiting and it is also aimed at finally breaking the ‘nerve’ of Boko Haram.

“He stopped in every village and assured the inhabitants of their safety”. In all the units visited he personally instructed the armorers to open the arms store to enable him physically inspect the weapons including support weapons in their inventories.

“This is to ascertain that they were very well equipped. Most of the weapons were also tested for serviceability. The unscheduled visit’s to the North East is to operational readiness of troops."

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