After days of intense fighting, Nigerian troops have finally regained control of Bama in Borno State from the Boko Haram insurgents and blocked the Islamist militants’ advance towards the state capital, Maiduguri.
The gallant troops equally killed at least 50 of the insurgents, according to a senior military official, who spoke on Monday.
According to him, government security forces are also fighting a southwards push into neighbouring Adamawa State by the terrorist group, which has recently departed from its usual suicide bombing and pre-dawn raid tactics to the seizure of towns and territories.
On Monday, the Defence Headquarters said more than 50 Boko Haram fighters were killed with the Nigerian troops recording only three casualties.
“Over 50 terrorists died yesterday (Sunday) afternoon as troops raided their hideout in Kawuri before setting out on a planned attack on Konduga”, it said in a statement released on its website.
It added, “One fabricated artillery gun, two anti-aircraft gun, an armoured vehicle and assorted types of ammunition were captured in the process. Some hardware, weapons, food items and personal belongings were also destroyed in the raid.
“One officer and two soldiers were seriously wounded”.
The government source said insurgents had been driven from Bama, which is southeast of Maiduguri.
Government warplanes have bombed and strafed the militants after they stormed Bama last week.
“Bama has been recaptured by the soldiers and I can confirm to you Maiduguri is safe”, the official in Abuja told news agency, Reuters.