Borno: Travellers stranded, as soldiers engage Boko Haram

Ø  Eliminate scores of ISWAP fighters at 4 camps

Nigerian soldiers yesterday foiled a Boko Haram attack on passengers along Maiduguri-Damaturu road.

According to a security source, the soldiers engaged the terrorists who attempted to mount a road block around Mainok and Jakana communities in Borno State. He said during the gun duel with terrorists, soldiers stopped the traffic along for about three hours.

The incident came a few minutes after the usual daily road closure was eased in the morning. Soldiers usually close the road in the evening by 5pm and open it at 7am every day. Jakana is about 41km from Maiduguri, Borno State capital, and has been attacked several times in the last 10 years.

The Borno State commander of the Rapid Response Squad, Abioye Babalola, confirmed the development. He said the attack had been repelled and travellers had been escorted in a long convoy down to Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, adding that extra patrols have also been stationed along the road.

Boko Haram terrorists have made life a hell for travellers who ply that route. Recall that a newly-wed bride was abducted along the route last week, but she was later released.

Meanwhile, a successfully coordinated ground and aerial attacks by the Nigerian troops have eliminated scores of Boko ISIS-affiliated Islamic State of West Africa Province, (ISWAP), fighters in four camps in Abadam, Borno State.

It was gathered that the airstrikes were conducted on four major ISWAP hideouts at the weekend. These were at Madayi, Arge and Arijallamari in Abadam local government area.

A military source disclosed that several weapons and gun trucks were destroyed during the operation.

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