At least four persons, including soldiers, have been killed while dozens sustained various degrees of injury when Boko Haram insurgents attacked Jere Local Government Area of Borno State on Thursday, local and security sources have said.
Riding utility vehicles, the terrorists stormed Kardamari, headquarters of Jere Local Government, some of 10km from Maiduguri, killing three soldiers and a civilian.
A security source told SaharaReporters that the attackers came at exactly 5:30pm and engaged the soldiers for about an hour and 30 minutes before the Special Forces came from Maiduguri to repel the attack.
"They came precisely 5:30pm and started shooting sporadically. Troops responded to them gallantly but, unfortunately, we lost soldiers and an unverified number of people were injured.
"The reinforcement came from Maiduguri, both Air Task Force and Special Force that provided air power to support ground troop to give the insurgents a hot pursuit, of course many of them were killed.”
Resident Hassan Kaka said on Friday: "We lost our Chairman of Civilian JTF; he was killed by terrorists yesterday, many fled to Maiduguri and dozens hit by bullets but they didn’t burn a single house in Kardamari.”