War rages as military battles to retake border town from Boko Haram

Posted by News Express | 15 March 2015 | 3,361 times

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Troops are currently battling Boko Haram terrorists in a determined bid to retake Damasak, a border town between Nigeria and Niger Republic.

A report by PRNigeria said the battle for the retake of the town is being waged by Nigerian troops in conjunction with the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF).

Damasak is one of the boisterous border towns of Borno State in Nigeria’s North-East where farm produce like beans, pepper and tomatoes are produced in commercial quantity. It is close to Diffa in Niger Republic and was seized by Boko in November last year as part of its tottering campaign to create a caliphate.

The militants attacked Damasak and Ashigarchi towns in Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno in their hundreds, killing over 50 persons in Damasak alone on November 15, 2014.

The sect members drove in Hillux vans and motor bikes into the town, burning vehicles, houses and forcing hundreds of residents to flee to the Cameroonian borders.

PRNigeria quoted top security and military sources as confirming that “the ongoing battle, which commenced hours ago, put a lie to reports last week that the town was recaptured by forces of a foreign country collaborating in the Multinational Joint Task Force.” 

•Photo by PRNigeria shows Nigerian troops recently crossing the Kafin-Hausa Bridge constructed by military engineers to facilitate the pursuit of fleeing terrorists.

Source: News Express

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