The town of Mars was invaded by alleged members of the Boko Haram sect and the West African Province of the Islamic State.
The incident occurred at round 5:30 pm on Friday and the armed males have been nonetheless holding the town on Saturday, forcing safety officers and civilians to flee.
The town is positioned on the banks of the Lake Chad Basin, an space occupied by insurgents.
In line with a army supply, 90 p.c of the greater than 300 households who returned to the town in December 2020 have been displaced by the assault.
“90 p.c of IDPs who returned in December fled the town on account of the current assault. They fled to neighboring Dikwa and Maiduguri. As we communicate, the insurgents are holding the place, ”mentioned the army supply.
A police supply additionally mentioned: “The troopers additionally fled the town, as did the police who have been deployed right here in early December. They’re all in Dikwa. “
In a associated improvement, 5 troopers and an officer have been killed by landmines within the native authorities space of Chibok, within the state. Fifteen others have been injured after the mines have been planted by the Boko Haram insurgents’ clarification.
The affected troopers are males from the 117 Battalion.
A army officer revealed this to our correspondent.
In the meantime, a press release from Operation Turi Takai Bango indicated that the Air Process Power element of Operation Lafiya Dole destroyed seven insurgent-owned weapons vehicles and decimated numerous insurgents once they tried to assault the army on the outskirts of Mars.
The assertion, which was signed by Brig. Gen Bernard Onyeuko learn: “Gallant troops, based mostly on dependable details about the assault, positioned themselves in an ambush website the place they tactically withdrew and waited for the terrorists to reach earlier than opening hearth, which led to a fierce battle that resulted within the successes recorded as indicated above.
“Troops are nonetheless engaged within the pursuit of fleeing terrorists for future exploitation.”