Some of the suspected Boko Haram members launched an attack on a military base in Sasawa town about 29 kilometres away from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.
Speaking to journalists yesterday, the spokesman of 3 Div. Nigerian
Army ,Col Kayode Ogunsanya confirmed the attack but could not give
details of the casualty figure.
”The Insurgents overran the military base having come with seven gun trucks and took the soldiers by surprise,” he said.
Sasawa town is one of the communities that was under control of the
insurgents before it was liberated by the military, and has an
established military base there due to the constant attack.
He said that, addd that there are casualties on both sides of the
army and the insurgents,
An escaped soldier, who disclosed this in the state capital shortly
after the attack on the military location, said that suspected Boko
Haram stole a large cache of ammunition and food terms from the
Sources from the military confirmed that 13 soldiers were killed in the attack adding that eight are still missing. Many civilians lost their lives during the Tuesday attack on military location.
A resident of Sasawa town, Malam Bukar Aji, said that the insurgents attacked and killed soldiers and civilians in the town ,adding that many security forces have been killed because the insurgents laid siege for a long time.
Another resident added that;” Boko Haram entered the town spending an hours killing soldiers and many civilians as well as destroyed
building belong to government, shooting from no direction.”
A eye witness, who escape to a bush, said ; “Boko Haram parked miles away from the attacked town, in six brand new Hilux vans. They started shooting from every direction before they stole food items.”
Madu Bukar disclosed that, ” I ran into another location of the town, on my way, I saw hundreds of insurgents moved out of the town. They loaded Hiluxs vans with food items, “ he said.