The Nigerian Army on Saturday said it repelled a deadly attack on its troops by Boko Haram at Gudunbale in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno in the early hours of Saturday.
It was gathered that scores of insurgents in gun trucks and various calibre of arms stormed the town and engaged in fierce battle that lasted for many hours with the troops.
The fighters were said to be with the Boko Haram faction under the leadership of Abu-Mosad Al-Barnawi.
A resident Malam Bukar Mele said that the attackers invaded the town unexpectedly and called on the villagers to take cover.
The resident added that he immediately took his family and began running just as they (Boko Haram) instructed the residents.
“They told us in Kanuri to vacate the place so that what they came to do will not affect us. So we all took to our heels in different directions for safety,’’ he said.
Borno state Deputy Governor Alhaji Mamman Durkwa, who confirmed the attack said security forces were on top of the situation.
“ I can confirm to you that there was an attack by Boko Haram members on a military base and other communities of Gudumbali.
“And not quite long I spoke with the Police Commissioner, Mr Damian Chukwu, and the Brigade Commander in Monguno, who both confirmed to me that the attack actually took place, and the security forces were on top of the situation,” Durkwa said.
Also speaking on the development Army Director of Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu said the troops had promptly repelled the attack and restored sanity in the area.
“I can confirm that there was an attack in Gudumbali, but the situation was brought under control contrary to media reports that the Boko Haram had taken total control of the area,” he said.