Battle For Gudumbali: Troops Chase Boko Haram Away
The Nigerian Army says its combined troops of 82 Division Task Force Brigade and 158 Task Force Battalion conducting Counter-insurgency Operations in North Eastern Nigeria, have restored normalcy in Gudumbali.
Earlier reports had said Boko Haram terrorists took over the community, forcing residents to flee to neighbouring communities for safety.
A statement by the spokesman for the Army, Brigadier General, Texas Chukwu, said the incident occurred on Friday, September 7th.
He said the troops had encountered Boko Haram terrorists in Gudumbali in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.
According to him, the insurgents had attacked the community, set some buildings ablaze and quickly withdrew from the community.
"However, no human casualty was recorded in the encounter.
"The troops have regrouped and normalcy have been restored.
"The troops have also been reinforced with additional troops to dominate the general area," the statement read.
Gudumbali is one of the communities in Borno State, that was recently reoccupied by Internally Displaced Persons who had voluntarily returned to their ancestral homes.
The Nigerian Army further asked residents of Gudumbali community and Guzamala Local Government in general to remain calm and resilient, as Operation Lafiya Dole troops continue the counter-terrorism operations.
"They are 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.
"The good people of the North East are assured of the unalloyed resolve of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to continue to combat the Boko Haram terrorists in the region," the statement added.
In over three years, it is the first time that reports said Boko Haram took over a community.
Heightened counter-terrorism operations had forced the insurgents to resort to attacking soft targets with suicide bombers.