Abuja - Four security operatives have been killed after suspected members of the Boko Haram sect launched attack at a military checkpoint close to the border with Cameroon.
The notorious group attacked the Bama-Banki Junction road leading to Cameroon and killed the security operatives before driving away in the operatives’ patrol vehicles. They were also alleged to have made away with the operatives arms and ammunition.
The gunmen were said to be fully armed with Rocket Propelled Grenades and Improvised Explosive Devises (IEDs) invaded the military checkpoint at about 11:26pm on Saturday and started opening fire on the security agencies. The suspected terrorists also set ablaze the entire houses, filling stations and shops around the popular Junction including the security post before they fled into the bushes.
Bama- Banki junction is along the Firgi- Gwoza federal highway and located around the notorious Sambisa Game Forest which links Pulka town of Gwoza. The zone is believed to be festering area for many of the Boko Haram camps.
A security official told journalists in Maiduguri said although there were no civilian casualties, he was “disturbed” that the whole area was deserted.
“As one knows, the Bama-Banki Junction is a busy place where people, particularly business people and motorists make their ends meet on a daily basis, due to number of motorists and smugglers that patronise the road to Cameroon. One could imagine that such a place that hosts a lot of business people and motorists and was attacked by terrorists, one would expect a lot of civilian and security casualties,” he said.
Attempts to get official confirmation from Spokesman of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Lt. Col. Mohammed Dole and the Police Public Relations Officer, Gideon Jubrin, were not possible due to lack of telecommunication network in Borno State.
The network has been off for the past five months as part of initiatives to combat terror.
– CAJ News