Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Boko Haram Attacks In Full Force, Burns down Army Base; Soldiers Excapes


A report from the north eastern Nigerian state of Adamawa says Boko Haram burned down a military base on Sunday night as soldiers fled into the bush on sighting them coming with full force.

The Associated Press (AP) said in a report from Yola that only local fighters prevented the insurgents from retaking Gulak, the headquarters of Madagali Local Government area of Adamawa State.  
James Ularamu, ex-chairman of the council, told AP the brave civilian fighters held Gulak town after the soldiers ran away, until the military sent reinforcements who then fought off the extremists. By that time, the base had been burned down.

“Sunday night's attack came as a military intelligence officer confirmed that 107 soldiers remain missing nearly two weeks after a Nov. 19 battle,” the report said. The Nigerian Army has denied that the soldiers were missing.

“Premium Times newspaper first reported the soldiers from the 157 Battalion, including their commanding officer, were missing in action along with the tank, three artillery guns and eight trucks including one carrying 60,000 rounds of ammunition,” the report said.

It added that an army officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said that Boko Haram also drove off with an army T-72 tank and dozens of new camouflage uniforms. According to AP, the military has reported that it destroyed dozens of Boko Haram camps and freed more than 1,000 kidnap victims in recent weeks. 
“But Boko Haram has stepped up the tempo and range of its attacks, with raids and suicide bombings in the past week in Niger, Cameroon and northern Nigeria. 
“Early Sunday the extremists kidnapped dozens of girls and set ablaze hundreds of buildings in Bam in Borno state, said resident Mallam Ali.”

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