from AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – MEMBERS of the Nigerian terror group, Boko Haram, purporting to be refugees have infiltrated a food distribution exercise led by the army and killed a soldier in the process.
The insurgents pounced on the relief distribution programme at a site in Gudumbali in the northeastern Borno State and opened fire on troops, followed by rapid attacks from other terrorists in gun trucks.
A soldier was killed and a colleague injured during the exchange of gunfire.
An unspecified number of terrorists were killed.
Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesman of the Operation Lafiya Dole (Peace by Force), assured that the army had repelled the attack by the militants.
“The troops have since been reinforced and normalcy has been brought to the general area,” Nwachukwu said.
Meanwhile, the Operation Lafiya troops deployed in Borno to fight the Boko Haram has buried 19 of the 23 officers and soldiers killed after an attack on military base in the state last month.
The Nigerian Army is engaged in warfare against the Islamist terror group fighting to overthrow the government.
Officially, 20 000 civilians have been killed but the death toll is
estimated to have exceeded 100 000.
Some 2 million people have been forced to flee their homes during the conflict that has spilled to neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
It is feared the terror attacks will distract the holding of peaceful
elections in Nigeria in February.
– CAJ News
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