From Umar Dankano, Yola
Gunmen have launched a fresh attack in Sabongari Hyambula village of Madagali Local Government Area in Adamawa’s killing a soldier and two civilians including a mad woman while two of the attackers were also killed during the gun duel.
The attack came few hours to the postponed National Security Council meeting convened by President Goodluck Jonathan following intensification of insurgent attacks in the country.
An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said the gunmen struck the area in the night and launched an attack on the military checkpoint which led to the death of a soldier and two civilians caught in the crossfire.
He said the soldiers later repelled the attackers after a prolonged gun duel which also led to the death of two of the attackers just as the soldiers seized two of the vehicles used by the attackers.
“The attackers came in a large convoy and launched attack on the military checkpoint with the intention of routing them before proceeding to the town.
“The valiant soldiers repelled them after a prolonged gun duel which resulted in the death of five persons including a soldier, two civilians and two of the attackers.
“On hearing the extensive gun duel, the people of the area fled to adjoining hills and bushes for the fear of the unknown,” the eyewitness revealed.
The chairman of Madagali Local Government Mr. Abawu Watharda confirmed the incident saying normalcy has since returned to the area.
Watharda said soldiers were able to repel the attackers which led to the restoration of normalcy as fleeing residents have started coming back to their abodes.