JUST IN: Nigerian Soldiers In Fierce Battle With Boko Haram Militants In Zhur Forest
Local Nigerian soldiers and members of Boko Haram sect are currently engaged in a fierce battle in a forest in between Garkida town under Gombi local government in Adamawastate and Hawul local government area of Borno state, according to reports coming out of Maiduguri.Dailypost reports that a top security source, who did not want his identity revealed, stated that the battle is taking place at Zhur forest close to Sangere, a Fulani settlement.It was gathered that some Boko Haram militants pitched there tent inthe area and are terrorizing villagers and travellers along Borno, Adamawaroute.The source informed that he entire Garkida town is currently in panic and residents of the town are scampering for safety. He added that the Nigerian military has however, dispatched its men to the area to calm the people of the town.* Members of Nigerian military on duty”There are Nigerian soldiers in Garkida now but you know the people have never experienced the sound of war, they are all afraid. We blocked the road so that people do not get entangle or rush to unsafe places. Network also has been showdown except for GLO line to allow for communication in Garkida,”he said.The source also opined that the security operatives found out that the insurgents have been going to villages in the area to collect money from residents and also force their young men to join the terror group orthey get killed.*File photo of Boko Haram militants”Last week, we received report that they (militants) went to Shaffa, although they did not cause trouble but they collected money from some people and asked them to get more money within a period of two weeks otherwise they would come and run down the whole village.”The two weeks would elapsed tomorrow (Saturday), but report came that they were at Zhur with their fighters and the battle is taken to their door steps,” he said.As at the time of compiling this report, the Nigerian military has not made an official statement concerning the attack.