Gamboru: Nigerian Army Engages Boko Haram In Bloody Battle
SAN FRANCISCO, August 25, (THEWILL) - The Nigeria Army Monday engaged Boko Haram insurgents in a bloody battle in Gamboru, a Borno town which shares border with Cameroon.
The terrorists had stormed the town early Monday, shooting sporadically before attacking the military base and police stations as well as other government installations, forcing residents to flee into Cameroon.
Local sources told THEWILL that the military was forced to beat a retreat into Cameroon, which the army described as a “tactical maneuver” but were to later launch a counter-offensive against the insurgents with the help of the Cameroonian Army.
The military was said to have initially dealt a heavy blow on the insurgents who suffered heavy casualty before running out of ammunition. The Army was sad to have retreated into Cameroon and later emerged with Cameroonian Forces.
One local source told THEWILL: “As I am speaking to you we are still hearing sound of gunshots miles away meaning they are still engaging themselves.”
An elderly woman, craving anonymity, spoke on phone from Cameroon, saying : “I had to flee into Cameroon when the shooting was becoming so loud in part of the town and as I am talking to you, I do not know when I will be returning back to the town.”
She disclosed that she saw many corpses when she was fleeing to Cameroon.
Meanwhile, a senior military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity Monday evening, said the military was still engaging the terrorists, confirming that the battle was really fierce.