Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents on Tuesday attacked Katarko community in Gujba Local Government Council of Yobe State.
The insurgents also burnt down a primary school and a healthcare centre located in the community.
Confirming the attack, a resident Fantami Kura told Channels Television that the gunmen stormed the community at about 5:30 am when they were going to the mosque for prayers.
“We came out as usual around 5.30 am for prayers, we sighted the gunmen, we immediately alerted our people and run into bush for safety.
“They proceeded straight to the military formation in Katarko shooting sporadically and later set the base on fire”
The number of casualties is still unknown at the time of this report, however efforts to contact the Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole in Damaturu, Lieutenant Kennedy Anyanwu proved abortive.
Katarko community which is 18 kilometers south of Damaturu the state capital, has been under attack over 10 times.
The attack on the northeast by the insurgents has been on the rise, but the Nigerian troops are ensuring that the insecurity situation in the country is a thing of the past.
Troops Kill 41 Terrorists
Just yesterday (Monday), no fewer than 41 terrorists were killed in a military patrol along Gulwa and Musuri Musuri in Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, who disclosed this in a statement, said the operation occurred in the early hours of Monday.
“At Musuri, troops encountered elements of the terrorist group and swiftly engaged them in a firefight which lasted for about 45 minutes,” the army spokesman said.
“With superior firepower, troops ultimately dominated the area after neutralizing 41 of the terrorists. They also recovered sophisticated weapons and rescued 60 elderly women and children who were in the terrorists’ captivity.”
Items recovered from the insurgents include 12 AK-47 rifles, 8 Fabric Nationale (FN) rifles, a motorcycle, 6 bicycles, mechanic toolboxes, a sewing machine, a large number of batteries used for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and sex enhancement drugs amongst others.
The Army spokesman also reiterated the commitment of the troops in ridding the entire country of the terrorists.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, has encouraged the troops, asking them to keep up the tempo.