Setback, as B-Haram hits Army’s armoured tank base

The Army suffered another setback, weekend, as Boko Haram insurgents attacked and destroyed an armoured tank base of the Army at Buni Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State. Two soldiers were killed in the attack in which the insurgents also suffered casualties. This came as the Nigerian Army lamented that it was yet to get the $1 billion approved to fight insurgency and other security challenges in the country. According to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the $1billion insurgency fund was still being processed. He added that fake news not only pose threat to national security, but also make the ongoing counter-terrorism operation in the North-East more difficult.

To boost the war against insurgency, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed additional 2,000 police personnel drawn from the Police Mobile Force, PMF, Counter -Terrorism Units, CTU and Sniffer Dog Sections to the North-East. Two soldiers feared dead in attack Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday night, in a fresh onslaught against the military, destroyed the armoured tank base of the Army at Buni Gari in Gujba, Yobe State. No fewer than two soldiers were killed in the attack, with many sustaining injuries. Sources said the insurgents stormed the area in large numbers, invaded the community at about 5:30 p.m. and opened fire on the Military Base and some residential buildings, killing two soldiers, while the Military Base was set ablaze. A source also revealed that some of the rampaging insurgents suffered casualties, following superior fire of the military forces in Buni Gari. Buni Gari is home town of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate for the 2019 general elections in Yobe State and former National Secretary of the party, Mai Mala Buni. It is about 70-kilometre drive from Damaturu, the state capital, located south along the only relatively safer road linking Buratai, the home town of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai. The town was destroyed by terrorists in the past, only to be liberated by military in 2015, which led to massive return of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, who resettled in the relatively peaceful community, which shares border with Borno and some parts of Sambisa Forest.

A senior security officer, who is not authorized to talk to the press, confirmed the latest attacks on the military formation and residents of Buni Gari, but insisted that both sides suffered casualties. There was no official confirmation from the security operatives on their usual channels of communication. The attack on the military base came on a day troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed around Muna axis of Maiduguri, Borno State, foiled a twin suicide bomb attack by two suicide bombers (male and female) on a mission to infiltrate Muna Gari located on the outskirts of Maiduguri, along Mafa-Dikwa-Gamboru Ngala road. Vanguard gathered that the suicide bombers hurriedly detonated one of their suicide vests on sighting Nigerian troops of 195 Battalion on patrol at about 8pm on Saturday. The patrol team quickly moved to the scene and discovered it was only the female suicide bombers’ vest that was detonated, killing herself and the male suicide bomber. Unfortunately, five members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, CJTF, on duty at a market were injured in the explosion.

Subsequently, the area was cordoned off and the Explosive Ordinance Device Team was drafted to defuse the other unexploded vest, while the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, and Red Cross evacuated the mutilated bodies of the suicide bomber. Sources said the wounded persons were rushed to the 7 Division Hospital, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri for medical attention.

Source: Vanguard

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