from AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI – TROOPS have killed four Boko Haram members and foiled an attempt by the terrorists to take over a town in northeastern Nigeria.
Three soldiers were injured and an unspecified number of terrorists fled with gunshot wounds following the encounter at Mallam Fatori town in the troubled Borno State.
The military recovered an assortment of weapons including machine guns, grenade bombs and ammunition.
Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesperson of the Operation Lafiya Dole (Peace by Force), said the soldiers injured during the battle were in a stable condition and receiving treatment.
The military is engaged in a decade-long fight against the Boko Haram, which seeks to overthrow the government and establish a radical Islamic state.
More than 30 000 civilians have been killed and 2 million others displaced.
The Red Cross said the latest in a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria had caused the largest wave of displacement since 2017.
A health facility in Rann and shelters for internally displaced people were burnt down a few days ago.
Reportedly, 55 000 people have been displaced in the last two months. Over 30 000 have arrived in Borno’s capital, Maiduguri.
Maiduguri already hosts more than one million refugees in 14 camps as well as host communities.
Markus Dolder, the head of the Red Cross office in Maiduguri, said they were concerned by the worsening humanitarian situation.
“Civilians should be spared by all parties to the conflict, as per international humanitarian law,” Dolder said.
– CAJ News