BEVERLY HILLS, January 01, (THEWILL) – At least five Soldiers were killed by fleeing Boko Haram fighters at Kanama, headquarters of Yunusari local government area of Yobe State on Saturday evening.
Thirty soldiers are also allegedly missing in the dastardly attack lunched on Nigeria troops at the remote Northern Town in Yobe State.
However, the Nigerian Army has dismissed reports that some soldiers were killed but confirmed the attack.
“Yes there was an attack on own troops 2 days ago by the Boko Haram terrorists in Kanama. The attack was repelled and our soldiers are in hot pursuit of the insurgents,” Col. Kayode Ogunsanya, the Spokesman for 3 Division Nigeria Army said.
However, security and medical sources claimed that about four to five soldiers were found dead and evacuated to Maiduguri via Damaturu.
Some Kanama residents who also confirmed the death of soldiers said they sighted a military ambulance evacuating victims but they were chased away by soldiers in an attempt to get closer to the scene.
Hon Ali Yerima, the Chairman Yunusari Local Government said he could not confirm any casualty in the attack but was however confident that the insurgents did not attack any civilian in the town.
“The information I got is that the insurgents were loaded in seven hilux trucks,” he said.
“They passed through the town to attack the military base. My sources informed me that no civilian was attack, only the military base was attacked but I also gathered that the soldiers fought very well to repel their adversaries.”
The Chairman also informed that the movement of the insurgents through the town caused panic and fear among residents who ran in different directions for safety of their lives.