Members Boko Haram terrorists BHT, have killed one soldier and four other persons in an attack on Askira town in the southern part of Borno State.
The attack, it was gathered occurred around 1pm on Saturday and by the time the insurgents were repelled by a fighter jet, a master warrant officer, one vigilante and three other residents of the town had been killed.
A source from the army base in Askira told newsmen that the Boko Haram fighters stormed the town in about 15 gun trucks and opened fire on the army base.
The source said, “They came into town in about 15 gun trucks and attack our arms store. But it was empty as they had earlier stolen our arms and ammunition. They killed one master warrant officer.
“Soldiers ran for cover because the terrorists outnumbered us, but a fighter jet came and attacked the insurgents. Three of them were killed and four of their gun trucks were destroyed. Many of the attackers were injured, but they destroyed one army gun truck.”
Also, a resident of Askira, who did not want to be named, said after the terrorists were repelled by the fighter jet, “they went into the village shooting indiscriminately, killing four residents, including a vigilante.”
The woman added, “We got a warning call from the neighbouring village that some people had sighted the terrorists. Around 1pm, we heard gunshots.
She said they hid in the till it was dark enough for them to sneak into the town.
Spokesperson of Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Ado Isa, in a statement confirmed the attack at Askira, he added that the insurgents also suffered heavy losses from the troops of 28 Task Force Brigade.
Isa’s statement read “On December 12, 2020, Boko Haram terrorists attempted to attack Askira Uba in Borno State. The terrorists were suspected to have come from Sambisa Forest, mounted on over 15 gun trucks and approached the town from different directions simultaneously. Troops responded and engaged the criminals with superior fire power.