Nigerian troops yesterday clashed with Boko Haram militants on the Damaturu-Maiduguri expressway, killing scores of the terrorists.
The incident according to sources took place on Saturday morning between Ngamdu- Mainok- Jakana villages which is about 50km drive to Maiduguri, the state capital.
Travellers were asked to make a u-turn as the terrorists had taken over the road between Benisheik (a town 85km away from Maiduguri) and Ngamdu (35km away from Damaturu.
Reports said the terrorists, in a convoy of three white Hilux vans, had earlier barricaded the road where they blocked two motorists including a truck which they suspected were conveying foodstuff to Maiduguri.
However luck run out of them as troops with support from the Jakana village immediately swung into action and killed some of the terrorists, dislodged most of them before they set ablaze two hilux vehicles with destruction of the other white new brand hilux belonging to the terrorists.
“I can confidentially tell you that the busy Maiduguri-Damaturu road had a deadly attack between insurgents and troops, which I believe many of the terrorists were killed with destruction of three of their vehicles” a security official says.
“It may be the same group of terrorists that attempted to attack Benesheikh on Friday but were repelled by troops that were crossing the main road before they clash with the troops on Saturday morning” the official added.
Source: VANGUARDSHARE . COMMENT