The Nigerian Army has confirmed the attack by Boko Haram on Gudumbali town, the headquarters of Guzamala Local Government Area in the northern part of Borno State, which occured on Friday, September 7, 2018.
In a statement on Sunday, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, Director, Army Public Relations, urged residents to remain calm as its troops responded to the attacks.
There had been reports of Boko Haram taking over the community, with soldiers and residents fleeing for their lives.
The statement by the army, however, noted that “the encounter took place when the insurgents attacked the community, set some buildings ablaze and quickly withdrew from the community”. The Army also claimed that no human casualty was recorded during the encounter, noting that “troops have regrouped and normalcy has been restored”.
According to the army spokesman, “Combined troops of 82 Division Task Force Brigade and 158 Task Force Battalion conducting Counter Insurgency Operations in North Eastern Nigeria, on Friday 7 September 2018 had an encounter with Boko Haram insurgents in Gudumbali in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno state.”
The residents were also “implored to maintain high level of vigilance and monitor strange faces to prevent fleeing Boko Haram terrorists from infiltrating and hibernating in their communities”.