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Army thwart Boko Haram attack on Borno community 


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Suspected Boko Haram terrorists in gun trucks and motorcycles attacked Dikwa military post, Friday, forcing residents to flee the community for safety.

The border community with Cameroon was attacked severally, before the military recaptured it, including the Shehu’s palace in 2016.

Confirming the incident, yesterday, in Maiduguri, Abba Fantami and a Civilian JTF disclosed that the insurgents came from the Dikwa/Bama Gulumba Forest.

He said though there was no loss of life, the insurgents attempted to occupy the late Shehu of Dikwa’s palace that was recaptured by the Army.


“The Army’s superior fire power, however, prevented the insurgents from torching some Dikwa houses and a palace,” he said.

He added that some of the residents that fled for safety had to return Saturday morning.

“On hearing gunshots, I had to flee along with my family members to the nearest bush for safety,” said Bukar Modu, while lamenting the incessant attacks on their community.

Fantami said the attack occurred a week after Marte military post was overrun by insurgents, but were killed with the destruction of eight gun trucks.

He said normalcy had returned to the community, while residents continue with their farming and business activities.

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