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Military confident of reclaiming towns from terrorists

12 January 2015, 06:58Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Defense Headquarters said troops had embarked on a mopping up operation around Damaturu after successfully foiling and containing terrorists who attempted to occupy parts of the town in Yobe.

This past weekend, terrorists suspected to members of Boko Haram group launched a massive attack on the capital city from different directions of the town.

“The terrorists had launched massive attack from different directions of the town on but troops were promptly mobilized to repel the attack that lasted the night resulting in heavy casualty on the terrorists before the rest of them retreated," the military sid in a statement.

Weapons captured from the terrorists were being compiled while their dead as well as civilian casualties are yet to be determined the statement read.

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It added that pursuit of the fleeing terrorists is also ongoing and five soldiers who were seriously wounded in the attack are being treated in the military medical facility.

The statement said normalcy has been restored and the town is being reinforced with more troops.

The Defense Headquarters statement said the situation in Baga in Borno State is still being studied to determine the appropriate action that would restore law, order and normalcy to the community after the attack mounted by hundreds of heavily armed terrorists last weekend.

It was reported 14 soldiers were killed during the attack and over 30 wounded.

The Defense Headquarters also disclosed that several terrorists died in the course of the attack and efforts at repelling the assailants.

The military said it had not given up on Baga and other localities where terrorists activities were now prevalent.

"Appropriate plans, men and resources are presently being mobilized to address the situation."

- CAJ News


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