BOKO HARAM WELCOMES BURATAI TO BORNO WITH MORTAR ATTACKS

By Duku Joel, Damaturu

Boko Haram insurgents on Wednesday evening launched an attack on the Army Special Super Camp at Ngamdu, a border town between Borno and Yobe where the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Tukur Buratai relocated to launch a final onslaught on the terrorists.

The daring attack by the insurgents is coming barely 72 hours after Buratai sent a damning message to defeat the insurgents within a very short.

The Nation reports the Chief of Army Staff, at the 2020 Special Easter celebration with the troops at the Camp, promised to stay with them until the insurgents are “substantially degraded”.

But the insurgents tested their confidence by launching the attack on the camp even as Buratai and his officers are apparently mapping out strategies on how to deal final blows on the terrorists.

Sources at the camp, who are not authorised to speak with the press, revealed that the insurgents came in motor gun trucks from the south-western side and opened fire.

Other sources revealed that mortar guns where launched in the camp but no fatality was recorded.

Some of the troops were said to have sustained minor injuries.

Our correspondent gathered that Buratai ordered the troops to chase the ranting insurgents and warned them to focus on a bigger target.

“The Chief of Army Staff told the soldiers to see what happened as a distraction from the main operation that they are going to carryo  But we defended ourselves very well by repelling them,” the source said.

Another source revealed that the insurgents could have been angered by an earlier advance operation that the troops carried out on Tuesday.

“We suspect it was the advance operation that we carried out yesterday that got them angry and they decided to come to attack us.

“They know we killed some of their men in the operation and captured others alive so they were angry,” he informed.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relation, Colonel Sagir Musa, could not reply messages sent to him.

He promised to respond to The Nation messages.