Nine Dead As JTF Foils Attack On Goniri Community

Channels Television  
Updated March 17, 2014

Chris OlukoladeNine people have been confirmed dead after an attempt by a group of terrorists to penetrate and attack Goniri Community in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State was today (Monday) foiled by troops on patrol in the area.

This is according to a statement by the Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade.

Olukolade revealed that “rockets and machine guns were freely used by the terrorists who eventually lost over 8 of their fighters with several others wounded” adding that “arms were also captured from the terrorists while others fled.

“The troops, however, lost a soldier, while an officer was seriously wounded in the encounter” the statement regretted.

The statement added, “troops are still in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists’ elements after the encounter which resulted in some casualties on both parties”.

Goniri is not far from Buni Yadi where the terrorists killed school children recently.

Meanwhile, troops operating around Gamboru-Ngala and Dikwa Local Government Area towards the borders of Chad and Cameroon recovered weapons hidden by terrorists who were dislodged from the area.

Assisted by captured terrorists, the troops were led to the sites where arms have been hidden in farms and cemeteries.

The statement also noted that the cordon and search operation on the entire area was still in progress.