Less than two days after members of the Boko Haram sect invaded Egiri, Zira I & II communities of Biu Local Government Area which led to the destruction of over hundred residential buildings, another set of coordinated attacks took place on Tuesday night in Marte and Gubio Local Government Areas of Borno state.
According to Sources in Gubio, the insurgents stormed one of the Vigilante/Hunters Checkpoint and opened fire leaving one of the hunters dead with others to sustaining gunshot wounds before they were repelled by military troops.
Similarly, in Marte, reliable sources said the armed insurgents overran a military base before invading New Marte Community brandishing weapons and shooting sporadically as residents scampered for safety.
The Source, however, said scores of insurgents were killed with casualties also on the side of security operatives.
As at press time, the number of casualties on both sides cannot be ascertained, due to lack of telecommunication network in Marte, but sources said, the insurgents too over control of the town since yesterday (Tuesday) up to Wednesday noon before troops reinforced to repel the attackers.
Confirming the attack, a member of the Borno State House of Assembly, Marte constituency, Hon. Engineer Mohammed Gambomi told our Correspondent that he received a distress call that Boko Haram sect invaded Marte, but did not have details on the number of casualties, only that some few residential houses were touched during the encounter.
His words;” Yes there was an attack by suspected members of Boko Haram on Marte Community yesterday. But from the reports I got, civilians are safe”. Gambomi said. On Gubio attack, a senior Political Office Holder from Gubio who did not want his name mentioned also confirmed the latest Boko haram invasion and killing of one vigilante/hunter in the town on Tuesday.