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Troops kill two ISWAP fighters in Yobe, recover arms

By Odita Sunday (Abuja) and Njadvara Musa (Damaturu)
28 September 2021   |   3:06 am
Troops of Sector 2 Joint Task Force, North East, Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), neutralised two Islamic State West Africa Province/Boko Haram fighters in Yobe State, on Sunday

Terrorists attack community as gov celebrates IDPs’ resettlement

Troops of Sector 2 Joint Task Force, North East, Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), neutralised two Islamic State West Africa Province/Boko Haram fighters in Yobe State, on Sunday, while responding to the terrorists’ attempt to infiltrate Babangida community in Tarmuwa Local Council.

According to military authorities, owing to the logistics blockade by the authorities, the criminals indulged in pillaging to replenish their dwindling logistics.

In their futile attempt to infiltrate and pillage Babangida, they were met with a fierce counter-attack by troops, forcing them to withdraw in disarray, leaving traces of blood as they fled, Army Spokesman, Brig-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, stated yesterday.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, commended the troops for their doggedness in expeditiously conducting the counter-attack. He also encouraged them to remain resolute in the ongoing operations against terrorists.

IN a related development, suspected Boko Haram terrorists in gun trucks have attacked Babangida community in Yobe State, forcing residents to flee into bushes and farmlands.

This is as Governor Mai Mala Buni celebrates the resettlement of Internally-Displaced persons (IDPs) in the state.

The terrorists, who reportedly burst from the Sasawa Forest on Sunday, fired several gunshots to scare the fleeing residents along the Damaturu/Dapchi road.

Confirming the incident, yesterday, in Damaturu, a resident, Isa Yakubu, told The Guardian that the community was caught unawares by the terrorists.

“I had to flee to the bush with my family members, yesterday evening,” he said, adding that houses were not safe for them.

The gunmen, after attacking communities, also destroyed telecom masts and power lines with explosives in Borno and Yobe states.

He noted that a fierce gun battle ensued between the terrorists and soldiers for over an hour, before the bandits were repelled.

According to him, the troops, however, recovered a gun truck, while the terrorists fled into the forest with three other gun trucks.

Babangida, 50 kilometres north of Damaturu, was attacked on August 25, 2021, and four persons died, including a soldier and three civilians.

WITH the complete resettlement of over 5,000 IDPs in a Gulani community, the governor is over the moon.

The community was severely attacked by Boko Haram in 2014, forcing many residents to take refuge in Damaturu and Kukareta IDP camps.

Buni made his feeling known when he visited the family of the late Chairman of Gulani Council, Ahmed Musa.

He described the deceased council boss as a committed administrator, who sacrificed for his people since the Boko Haram terrorism started in 2002.

“The resettlement and livelihood restoration of IDP returnees was successful to sustain peace in the various communities,” he said.