Source: Sunday Vanguard
A combination of air and ground operation, yesterday, repelled Boko Haram fighters who invaded Gombe even as it emerged that the fighters wanted to divert the military’s attention due to sustained bombardments of their camps.
A tweet from Defence Headquarters handle confirmed the attack and the military overcoming it. “The terrorists attack on Gombe has been repelled. Troops are in pursuit”, the brief tweet stated.
Security sources told Sunday Vanguard that the fighters were desperately seeking other places to set up camps as they were being pursued from their camps in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
In the last few weeks, Boko Haram camps in the states, close to the borders with neighbouring countries, have been under intense pressures from Nigerian troops in cooperation with their counterparts, from the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
Some of the camps have been destroyed. And as they could no longer enter Cameroon and Niger so easily, they are moving southwards, the sources confirmed.
Eye witnesses said the militants attacked soldiers at the security checkpoints at the edge of the town and forced their way into the quarter guard of the 301 Artillery Regiment.
The quarter guard was burned but they could not proceed into the main barracks which is a little far off.