Tuesday, July 29, 2014 3:28 am
Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters late Monday, confirmed that two soldiers were killed in a battle to reclaim Garkida town, in Gombi local government area of Adamawa state, northern Nigeria, following Sunday’s attack by insurgents, but that said no civilian was killed.
It however refuted media reports that Churches were razed by the insurgents during the Sunday night attack.
“No House or Church was burnt in Garkida by terrorists as reported, #Troops succeeded in repelling attack on the town Sunday.
“Although some of the attackers died, and a Police Station burnt, NO civilian was killed.”
The Insurgents who swooped on the area Sunday, wrecking havoc on military bases and police stations, later made away with two Hilux vans belonging to the military unit after a fierce battle with the army to reclaim the town.
The statement by the Defence Headquarters conflicts with media reports that five persons were killed following the bombing at a church, in an attempted suicide attack by a woman at a university, which was stopped by the police.
There are grave concerns on the state of insecurity in the country, following the spate of bombings in parts of Nigeria’s northern region in the last few days, which marked the end of the holy season of Ramadan.
In Kano within 24 hours, there were two blasts by female suicide bombers which killed three people and injured at least 10 in Kano city on Monday, bringing the number of attacks this week in the area to five and overshadowing festivities marking the end of fasting.
The violence blamed on Boko Haram Islamists marred what was supposed to be a festive day in Kano, a city of more than six million people and the largest in the mainly Muslim north.
Two attacks in northern Cameroon on Sunday killed at least 15 people, with the wife of the country’s deputy prime minister Amadou Ali among a dozen people reportedly kidnapped, according to security sources.