The Nigerian Army on Friday disclosed that over 95 insurgents were killed on Thursday in two similar attacks in Yobe state.
Disclosing the information to newsmen, the army spokesman, Ibrahim Attahiru, said the first attack was carried out by the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, whose officials “encountered the insurgents along Beni-Sheikh – Dohoma Lawanti – Galangi road”
“In its bid to rid the entire North East of insurgents, 7 Division continues to dominate its Area of Responsibility through aggressive patrols.
“On 24 October 2013 by 0300hrs troops of 21 Brigade, 7 Division Nigerian Army encountered insurgents along Beni-Sheikh – Dohoma Lawanti – Galangi road axis, a fire fight ensued and the insurgents were effectively neutralized,” he disclosed.
Speaking further, Attahiru said, “over 70 insurgents were killed in the encounter.”
He equally disclosed that even with the success recorded in the operation, some of the insurgents escaped unhurt.
“Fleeing insurgents from the earlier encounter at Beni-Sheikh – Dohoma Lawanti – Galangi regrouped to carry out attacks on Damaturu town.
“Our Command Post located close to NNPC Mega Station and other locations on the outskirt of Damaturu were attacked which was equally repulsed and about 25 insurgents killed,” the spokesman added.
The spokesperson of the 3 Division, Special Operation Battalion of the Army in Yobe, Eli Lazarus had in his own statement disclosed that the second attack occurred at about 5:30 p.m. He said 21 of the insurgents were killed in the attack, while weapons of various forms were recovered from the site of the operation.
“Our troops continue to maintain a robust posture throughout the North-East in order to locate and apprehend other fleeing insurgents. Meanwhile, a 24 hour curfew has been imposed on Yobe State,” Mr. Attahiru said.