Troops of the Nigerian army on Wednesday night clashed with members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group in Mainok, Borno State.
Our source learnt that the troops engaging the insurgents are from the army’s 29 battalion task force in Mainok.
According to TheCable, sources said villagers are still scampering for safety.
The source said the insurgents came into the village around 7 pm, shooting sporadically.
“They went straight to the military base and for about an hour now, they have been in a gunfight with the troops,” he said.
In the past weeks, the military had led successful offensives against the insurgents.
Recall that Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Buratai has relocated to the North East and has vowed to remain there until the terrorist group is defeated.
Recall that the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau had cried out in a fresh audio, seeking Allah’s help against the continued onslaught by troops of the Nigerian Army.
The 1:22 audio has the Boko Haram leader lamenting and seeking Allah’s protection for him and his group against the sustained firepower of the Nigerian military.
He describes the attacks by the Army troops as a “devilish act” noting that it has caused his group hard times in the Holy month of Ramadan.
He said in Kanuri language: “If it is the devilish act and wickedness [of the Nigerian military], may Allah protect us from their evil. Oh Allah, keep us firm on your religion. We are poor things who know nothing, oh our Lord, Allah.
“We deserted Izala people to practise Your true religion; we abandoned Tijjaniyya people to practise Your true religion; we deserted the Shiites to practise Your true religion; we forsook our parents, uncles and aunties to practise Your true religion.
“It is because of your religion that we placed knife on your servants’ necks; but today, they are trying to change us from one thing to another. Oh Lord, have mercy upon under [the blessings] Ramadhan; Oh Lord, have mercy on under [the blessings] of Ramadhan (crying profusely).”