Posted by News Express | 20 December 2014 | 3,422 times
Scores of Boko Haram insurgents were killed in fierce clashes with Nigerian forces after they had attacked workers at an electricity facility in the volatile northeastern Borno State, a power company official said Friday.
The official, who asked not to be named, said that military forces had engaged Boko Haram gunmen in a shootout in Bulabulin village, where workers and engineers from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria had been repairing broken power facilities.
“Boko Haram militants shot at us while we were working on the electricity facility at Bulabulin,” the power company official told The Anadolu Agency.
“But the soldiers who were with us to provide security immediately engaged them to repel the attack,” he said.
Abubakar Zarami, a young volunteer with a local vigilante group, said the incident had occurred on Wednesday as electricity engineers put the finishing touches on a repaired power facility at Bulabulin.
“Soldiers pursued and engaged them even though the insurgents were returning fire. It was a fierce battle, but the soldiers succeeded in killing many of them – more than 50,” Zarami told AA.
A security source said the number of insurgents killed was “yet to be ascertained,” while lauding army troops for their gallant performance against the militants.
The troops, he said, had detected the insurgents as they entered the area in a convoy of four 4-wheel vehicles.
In mid-May, Boko Haram militants attacked a number of communities around the Bulabulin area and destroyed electricity facilities in the area, temporarily cutting the power supply to Maiduguri, Borno State’s provincial capital.
Wth improving security as a result of recent successes over Boko Haram by Nigerian troops, electricity workers had gone to the site to repair the facility, only to come under attack.
•Photo shows Nigerian soldiers on foot patrol in the country’s rebel-troubled North-East.
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