When residents of Goniri village in Yobe State heard that Boko Haram terrorists had accessed the village they were scared.

Many of them had ran to places they felt they could find refuge, waiting for the military to come to their rescue. 

Suspected members of Boko Haram had come in from the western flank of the village, battle ready, a resident said.

The community was calm, but suddenly they heard chants of victory. Military personnel had repelled the attack and were chanting victory songs.

A resident of the community that does not want to be named told the News Agency of Nigeria that "the soldiers had been on red alert since the attack on Sasawa village last Tuesday, making them battle ready.


"It did not take long when we heard the soldiers chanting victory songs, indicating that they were successful over the insurgents".

Confirming the attack on Sunday, the Nigerian Army said it repelled an attempted attack on Goniri village in Yobe on Saturday.

The spokesman for the 3 Division with tactical headquarters in Damaturu, Colonel Kayode Ogunsanya, who confirmed the attack, could not immediately give details of the operation.

The attempted attack is coming few days after 2 attacks were recorded in the state, all within a week.

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Yobe State had enjoyed months of relative peace since counter-insurgency operations started in the northeast region of Nigeria.

Boko Haram terrorists are pushing for the establishment of an Islamic State in the region and an end to Western education there.