Again, Scores of Insurgents Killed as Nigerian Troops Repel Boko‎ Haram’s Attempted Return to Gombi‎

Residents laud Jonathan for boosting troops’ morale
 
By Augustine Osayande in Abuja

In their continued routing of insurgents in parts of the North-east, the Nigerian troops on Monday evening decimated Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from the onslaught.‎
The insurgents met their waterloo in their attempt to enter Gombi town, Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
Acting Director of Army Public Relations Department (APRD), Col. Sani Usman, said on Tuesday in a statement that the terrorists were engaged by troops of 23 Brigade Nigerian Army in a gun battle that led to killing of quite a number of them, destruction  and recovery of vehicles, motorcycles,  various calibre of weapons and ammunitions.
“These include four Hilux vehicles, three anti-aircraft guns and one .50-inch browning machine gun. Others include 5,000 rounds of  12.7 milimetre ammunitions, two boxes of .50-inch ammunitions, 1,000 rounds of light machine gun ammunitions and one rocket propelled grenade 7 tube, as well as one general purpose machine gun.
“Unfortunately,  one soldier was wounded in the encounter and he is responding to treatment.
Troops are mopping up the area to prevent further incursions by the terrorists.”

Corroborating the incident, residents of Gombi reported that the insurgents attempted to storm the town at about 8 pm on Monday when they met the stiff resistance of the Nigerian troops in a cross fire at Grakida town, entrance to Gombi from Sambisa forest.

The residents  noted that  the cross fire between the troops and the insurgents lasted for more than four hours adding that at the end of the battle, the troops were reportedly killed several insurgents, burnt two and seized three vehicles belonging to the sect.
One of the residents, Mallam Musa Danuba, who confirmed the attack in a telephone interview, said the troops did not only repel the insurgents but killed almost all of them that came with the intention to attack Gombi.

“l am sure that soldiers killed almost all of them that came for the attack, the troops have proven to be on top of the insecurity bedevilling our area.” he said.


He also said none of the residents of the affected area was hurt because the troops  battled the insurgents at the entrance of the town.

“The end of Boko Haram has come because they are on the run and confused and thank God for President Goodluck Jonathan for arming the soldiers with new equipment and for boosting the morale of the military.

“The recent visit of the President has great impact on the fight against the insurgents and the collaborative efforts of other countries”, he said.

Gombi town, headquarters of Gombi local government area,  was among the seven local councils of the state was recaptured from the control of the Boko Haram insurgents.

That was the second attempt this year, the insurgents had attempted to take control of the area, which share boundaries with Borno state, the stronghold of the insurgents.