Heavy fighting as troops engage Boko Haram in Gwoza

Military-Bharam
The battle to take over Gwoza town of Borno between the Nigeria troops and the terrorist group, Boko Haram suffers another blood shed.
Heavy fighting between troops of the Nigerian Military
and heavily armed terrorists of the Boko Haram sect fighting to
retain control of Gwoza town in Borno State, was on-going last
night with Airforce attack helicopters providing air cover as the
insurgents remained recalcitrant in the battle.

In fact, a top military source, who spoke on the incidence last night,
said the insurgents’ fire-power in being able to withstand the fire-
power of the military forces was a source of concern to the military
command in the epicentre of the war on terror.

There were reports of casualties from both the military and the
terrorists while the sheer number of the insurgents and the fact
that they were heavily armed prompted the ground troops to request
for reinforcements from the air force to provide air bombardments.

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Units of the 213 battalion Task Force and 234 Special Operations
battalion both based in Mubi which attempted to retake Gwoza
Township from Islamist militant Boko Haram were said to have
retreated and sent signals for air support as a result of unrelenting
gun fire from the insurgents.

While a source said using the word defeat of Nigerian soldiers
fighting to retake Gwoza town from the grip of Boko Haram
insurgents was childish, he noted that the commanders on ground were only making strategies for more effective offensive.

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Reports from the battle-field had indicated that following three
days of fighting over 100 civilians and several soldiers were killed
Vanguard gathered that some officers (names withheld) who led
the attempt to recapture Gwoza and other towns from the terrorists
were feared either dead or captured by the insurgents and their
whereabouts was a source of concern to the military authorities.

Vanguard was told that due to the worrisome terrain of the battle
area, the terrorists were able to ambush some of the soldiers and
demobilise some of their equipment.

There were conflicting figures on the casualty figures on the part of
soldiers killed, but it was not possible to get confirmation.
Recall that the Nigerian military at the weekend recaptured
Damboa town after Boko Haram overran the town and planted its
flag.

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As at the time of sending this report, Vanguard was expecting the
Director of Defence Information, Maj General Chris Olukolade to
reply a text questionnaire on the situation of the fighting in Gwoza.