Scores of suspected terrorists were feared dead when they clashed with troops newly deployed to the troubled Borno State, along Damaturu-Maiduguri Road yesterday.
The incident, according to sources, took place in Ngamdu-Mainok-Jakana villages.
The source said the terrorists in a convoy of three vehicles barricaded the road where they blocked two motorists including a truck which they suspected were conveying foodstuff to Maiduguri; but ran out of luck as troops with support from Jakana village swung into action and killed some of the terrorists, dislodged most of them before they set ablaze the three vehicles.
“I can confidently tell you that the busy Maiduguri-Damaturu road had a deadly attack between insurgents and troops, which I believe many of the terrorists were killed with destruction of three of their vehicles”, the source said
A police officer stationed in one of the villages on the said highway informed our reporter that travelers were asked to make a u-turn as the terrorists had taken over the road between Benisheik (a town 85kms from Maiduguri) and Ngamdu (35kms from Damaturu.
In a related development, the Borno State Police Command said that two suspected Boko Haram
suicide bombers operating on a tricycle yesterday attacked the Borno Express Terminus Motor Park by detonating their Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and killed two passersby, while three others were injured at about 7.15am.
The injured ones, according to police authorities, have been evacuated by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other rescue teams to hospital for treatment, while the bodies of the dead were deposited at the morgue for identification, before release for burial.
Confirming yesterday’s incident, the Police Commissioner, Mr. Aderemi Opadukun, in a text message to Sunday Vanguard, said: “There was an IED explosion at about 0700 hrs today by the Welcome to Maiduguri Gate; and near the office of the State Department of Security Services (SSS) and El-Kanemi Theological College, Maiduguri.”