Four motorbike-riding Boko Haram gunmen were on Wednesday killed by soldiers in a shootout at a village in Gaidam Local Government Area of Yobe State, witnesses said.
The gunmen were spotted by soldiers on patrol near Jororo village at about 3 p.m.
“Four of them were shot dead near Jororo village while one of them was caught while trying to escape,” said Abdullahi Aminu, a local government official and resident of Gaidam who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on phone.
“They were all heavily armed with AK47 rifles and wore ammunition belts.
“All of them were on Kasea motorcycles. We don’t know their targeted destination, but thank God it was thwarted,” he added.
Although the Nigerian Army is yet to confirm the report, a soldier in the state confirmed the incident in Jororo,10km from Gaidam town.
“You know it is not my job to address the press on matters like this, but what you have is correct,” he said. “Those criminals have been evasive for some time but thank God that we have been able to nab them finally.”
Wednesday’s incident occurred hours after the terror group released a video where they threatened to kidnap President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group recently expressed willingness for a prisoner swap, asking that its arrested members be released in exchanged for the Chibok schoolgirls it kidnapped in 2014.
The Federal Government has also expressed willingness to negotiate a prisoner swap if genuine leaders of the sect can be identified.