Hunters fighting Boko Haram

Hunters fighting Boko Haram

Fierce Battle As Nigerian Military, Hunters, CJTF Retakes 3 Main Cities In Adamawa

Nigerian troops in collaboration with local hunters yesterday scored a significant victory over the Boko Haram insurgents as they recaptured Gombi, Hong, and Pella towns in Adamawa State, killing about 400 sect members in the process.

Our correspondent gathered that the military had been engaged in fierce battles with the terrorists in the last four days to recapture the three towns from the insurgents.

Adamawa State had been infested by terrorists after Mubi, the second largest city was captured.

Only last week, Mubi was reclaimed with the help of hunters and vigilantes, by the military, which had earlier urged citizens not to panic.

A security source confirmed the four day battle and the huge number of the sect members that lost their lives yesterday.

According to him, several of the insurgents were also arrested, adding that there were casualties on the side of the military, with several, including a top ranking officer sustaining injuries.

“The Nigerian troops are now in full control of Gombi, Hong and Pella towns and more than 400 insurgents were killed in battles that lasted for four days and several of them have been arrested

“A lot of war weapons and equipment were also recovered from the insurgents. However a top ranking officer was seriously injured as few soldier lost their lives in the battle,” he said

A resident from Gombi confirmed that the troops were in control of the three towns now.

He said he was hiding on a hill on the major road to Gombi, when he saw many local hunters moving towards Gombi on Tuesday from Yola, the state capital.

The state government has imposed restrictions on movement in the area to protect residents from being caught in the crossfire between the insurgents and the troops.

Director of Press, Government House, Yola, Mr. P. P. Elisha, said Governor Bala Ngilari took the decision for safety of the residents and innocent motorists.

The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, also confirmed yesterday that the three towns are now under the control of the military. It also confirmed the killing of many of the terrorists.

In a post on its Twitter handle, the DHQ said that several of the terrorists were captured, along with weapons and equipment.

“Our troops are in full control of Gombi, Pelia and Hong, as operations to clean all areas infested by terrorists continue.

“Many terrorists are being captured as some died. Weapons and equipment are also being recovered. Moping up is ongoing in the areas even now,” the DHQ said.

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