- Suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed two policemen along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway in Yobe state
- The commissioner of police in Borno, Mohammed Aliyu, confirmed the incident but said no officer was killed
- A report disclosed that an army brigade has relocated to the highway to protect travellers
Reports say at least two policemen operating along the federal highways have been killed in Yobe state in an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents.
Premium Times reports that the policemen were killed on Monday, January 6, along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway.
The report quoted the commissioner of police in charge of Borno state, Mohammed Aliyu, as confirming the attack.
The police chief, however, said no officer was killed in the attack.
A witness was quoted as saying that two police operatives were killed as security forces ordered all travellers along the route to return to Maiduguri.
Bukar Modu, a bus driver, who was said to have witnessed the attack, was quoted as saying: “I think they may have been dead from the attack. We were all asked to turn back to Maiduguri. No vehicle was allowed to pass.”
The bus driver said the attack happened between Jakana and Mainok towns, which were also recently attacked by the insurgents.
The report said the Army Brigade in Bogozo had relocated to the affected area to protect the travellers on the highway.
Reacting, Aliyu said: “As I speak to you now, my men are in the location. I don’t have the information concerning any death.
"But what I know is that one of them was shot on his hand. I will give you the details as soon as I get.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that many Boko Haram fighters were killed by Nigerian soldiers after a fierce gun battle which occurred on Saturday night, January 4, in Jakana, which is a village 42km from Maiduguri.
The battle reportedly started at about 7.30 pm when the terrorists stormed the village at night and night started shooting sporadically, Premium Times reports.
However, troops fighting alongside the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) succeeded in repelling the attack after a two-hour battle.
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