A few hours after Boko Haram sacked Gwoza, a town in Borno State near the border with Cameroon, a special Nigerian army unit of the 25 Tank Battalion today recaptured the town of Damboa from the Islamist insurgents.
Boko Haram militants had stormed Damboa on July 21, killing several hundred residents and soldiers before capturing the town, even planting their flags at several locations in the town.
A senior military source told SaharaReporters that troops today retook Damboa after a fierce battle in which soldiers killed several Boko Haram militants.
According to our source, “our soldiers circled Damboa and engaged the terrorists in a serious battle. We have now recaptured Damboa after defeating the resistance of Boko Haram militants in the township.”
Thousands of the residents of Damboa had fled to neighboring Cameroon as Boko Haram hadunleashed mayhem on residents during their short reign over the town.
Our source disclosed that today’s successful attack on Boko Haram insurgents was made possible by an advance team of Nigerian Air Force pilots who bombed the insurgents’ command centers in Damboa. “It was after our Air Force jets bombarded their strongholds that the troops of the Tank battalion moved in on a clearing mission,” the officer revealed.