The spokesman of the Joint Task Force, JTF, Lt Col Sagir Musa, stated that at least 35 persons dead and several others injured in fresh attacks in Borno State.
The spokesman said the gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorists who had threatened to launch massive attacks as Ramadan ends lived out their threat by launching coordinated attacks on Sunday.
The gunmen attacked a police base in Bama, a town close to Cameroon border.
Mr. Musa said, “Troops have successfully repelled Boko Haram terrorists attack on Mobile Police Base and Bama town.”
“Terrorists using sophisticated weapons and Improvised Explosive Devices launched attacks at about 6:45am on 4th August, 2013.
“The encounter led to the death of one policeman and 17 Boko Haram Terrorists; two soldiers were also wounded,” he said.
Sagir Musa also said two soldiers were killed when Boko Haram staged another attack on the operatives of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF). The soldiers were able to kill 17 Boko Haram terrorists during the attack, he added.
He said the attack took place “about 6:45am on 4th August, 2013 when some Boko Haram Terrorists armed with sophisticated weapons attacked MNJTF location at Malum Fatori.”
The military said normalcy had returned to the two towns.
According to Premium Times, the recent attacks have heightened residents fear in Maiduguri especially as they prepare for the Eid-el-Fitri which marks the end of the Ramadan fast.