The Islamic sect has again met stiff opposition from Nigerian troops as their attempts to occupy Damaturu, the Yobe state capital was foiled. the Defence Headquarters has said.
During the encounter on Saturday, 5 Nigerian soldiers were seriously wounded but they are already being treated in the military medical facility, according to the official statement.
According to the DHQ,"Troops are on mopping up operation around Damaturu after successfully foiling and containing the terrorists attempt to occupy parts of the town. The terrorists had launched massive attack from different directions of the town on Friday evening, but troops were promptly mobilized to repel the attack that lasted the night resulting in heavy casualty on the terrorists before the rest of them retreated. Weapons including IEDs and Rocket Propelled Grenades captured from the terrorists are being compiled while their dead as well as civilian casualties are yet to be determined.
"Pursuit of the fleeing terrorists is also ongoing while the 5 soldiers who were seriously wounded in the attack are being treated in the military medical facility. Although normalcy has been restored, the town is also being reinforced with more troops.
Friday's attack was the second attempt by the sect of late to occupy Damaturu.So far, the attempts have been foiled and "normalcy has been restored", the military said.