In the early hours of yesterday, a Nigerian Army Barracks, in Borno State came under heavy attack from terrorists believed to have crossed the Nigerian boarder from Cameroun. In the attack, which is described by Army officials as ‘heavy’, high caliber weapons such as anti-aircraft and rocket propelled guns were used against the Nigeria’s military base.
Officials are yet to disclose the number of casualties from the incident which happened at Bama Barracks. This attack comes even as Borno State remains under emergency rule declared by President Jonathan in May 2013.
President Goodluck Jonathan held an emergency meeting with security chiefs yesterday, following the attack.
“I remember when I came in, I had had a meeting with the service chiefs and the Inspector General of Police because of what happened in Bama yesterday,” the President said, Friday, at the decoration ceremony for newly promoted generals of the Armed Forces.
The media statement released by Major General Chris Olukolade, Director Defence Information on the incident:
Bama Barracks in Borno State was in the early hours of today (Friday) attacked by terrorists who came from cells located across Nigerian Border with Cameroun through Banki town. High caliber weapons such as anti-aircraft and rocket propelled guns were freely used in the attack that lasted several hours.
Ground troops backed by the Air Force have repelled the attack and are in pursuit of the insurgents. Details of casualties recorded in the incident will be released when the ongoing cordon and search operations in the general area is concluded.
Meanwhile, reinforcement has been dispatched to enhance the operation in pursuit of the terrorists. Normalcy is being been restored in the barracks and the surrounding communities properly secured.