Nigerian soldiers last night shot dead 25 members of the Boko Haram terrorists group, during an attack on Damboa town in Borno state, security officials have said.
It could be recalled that Boko Haram had on July 17 hoisted their flags in Damboa, after a deadly gun battle that left several soldiers and a Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the military base in Damboa.
Damboa is 85 kilometers away from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital; it also shares border with Sambisa forest, where Boko Haram has its largest training camp.
An official of the vigilante group, popularly known as the Civilian JTF, Muhammad Gava, who confirmed the attack to newsmen on phone, said the terrorists stormed Damboa at about 5 p.m., on Sunday.
“My members of the vigilante group in Damboa had informed me early this morning that the attack was repelled and more than two dozen of them were killed”, said Gava.
He added that “the gunmen, according to our vigilante members in Damboa, came from the direction of Sambisa forest and driving several pick-up vans and some military-like armoured personnel carriers”.
A security personnel, who declined identification, also confirmed the incident to reporters, saying soldiers had quickly responded with superior firearms upon receiving distress call. “There was an attack on Damboa on Sunday and our soldiers had effectively repelled them and killed 25 of them during a gun duel.
The soldiers recovered several ammunition, including a ‘Buffallo Armoured Personnel Carrier, which the terrorists abandoned”, he said.