The military continued its impressive onslaught against terrorist group Boko Haram as it continued to recapture all territories occupied by Boko Haram fighters.
Troops, who were on cordon and search, along Djimitillo-Damaturu Road, Yobe State engaged in fierce battle, at the weekend, with fighters suspected to be members of the Islamist group, after their hideout was discovered.
The fierce battle to dislodge the fighters from the hideout, which was close to a market, was said to have resulted in the capture of a cache of arms including several machine guns and rifles. Scores of the fighters were killed.
A statement from the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) noted that many of the fighters died in the resultant fire that gutted the house where they had made their base.
However, a soldier was reportedly killed while another was wounded and was said to be undergoing treatment.
“The troops are continuing with cordon and search of the town and environs after overpowering the terrorists”, the DHQ statement said.
“A lot of arms have been recovered in the process. Troops are also dismantling the terrorist group’s flags hoisted in the liberated towns”.
At Gulak, the headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, an attempt by some fighters to blow up a bridge to stop the military’s advance, according to sources, was foiled as the troops, backed by air power, routed the Boko Haram insurgents, reports Vanguard.
Troops, in pursuit of fighters, according to an account, caught up with some of them who were in the process of blowing up a bridge to deter troops advance.