By Mustapha Buhari, Maiduguri
At least 30 suspected Boko Haram insurgents have been killed on Tuesday night when soldiers and local hunters repelled an attack in Dille village, Askira/Uba local government area of Borno state.
This came barely three days after a similar incident in the same local government area in which the insurgents killed many people.
A resident of the area, Yimta John, who spoke to DAILY NIGERIAN on phone on Wednesday said the incident occurred around 8pm when the gunmen, armed with assault rifles and explosives sneaked into the area to attack the villagers.
According to him, the attack started when the local hunters and vigilante sighted the insurgents regrouping on the outskirts of the village.
A security source who confirmed the gun battle to DAILY NIGERIAN but craved for anonymity, said the insurgents stormed the town through Lassa-Askira road but were intercepted by gallant military troops, mobile policemen, hunters and local vigilante.
This led to an intense gun-duel which lasted for an hour, before the militants were subdued, with 30 of them killed.
“The Boko Haram insurgents have tactically attempted to enter Dille in convoy of Hilux vehicles and motorcycles wearing military uniform armed with sophisticated weapons and Improved Explosive Devices, IEDs.
“They were however repelled, with many of them killed, while several others escaped to the nearby hills and abandoned their vehicles”, the security source further hinted.