UPDATE: Military jets bombard Boko Haram militants in Gombe

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The Nigerian military has launched airstrikes on suburbs of Gombe town as soldiers and police battled Boko Haram insurgents who attacked the town early Saturday, residents have said.

Fighting continued Saturday noon as Air Force jets targeted areas raided by the militants outside Gombe city.
The terrorists had attacked Lubo and Dadinkowa villages, some 32km from Gombe town, before heading for capital city.

A resident, Mallam Hassan, told PREMIUM TIMES on phone that “we’ve all rushed back to our homes now. Our town is under attack; we heard that Boko Haram terrorists, in their hundreds, are trying to invade the town”.

“Everywhere is quiet now, but the sounds of shooting and explosion is deafening. We hear the soldiers are battling to stop them”.

Another resident said soldiers and police confronted the sect members in Linji village, on the outskirts of Gombe.
A resident, Ahmed Hamza, told PREMIUM TIMES that some young men from Dadin Kowa town earlier informed him that the sect members ‎were attacking their town.

“We can hear sounds of gunshots from a distance and everybody has gone indoors now,” he said.

Another source who declined to be named for security reasons also said the insurgents headed towards the Army Barracks along Dadin Kowa road when the Nigerian Army troop engaged them while a detachment of mobile police officers provided back up.

The spokesperson of the Police in the state, Fwaje Atajiri, could not be reached for comments at time of this report.

The Boko Haram terrorist group has repeatedly attacked the town bombing bus stations and other locations.
Saturday’s attack is coming less than two weeks after a suicide bomber struck in the city shortly after President Goodluck Jonathan campaigned.

Mr. Jonathan was in Gombe for a rally that February 2, when a female suicide bomber struck shortly after the campaign train departed.

The female suicide bomber and a passer-by died in the attack, while six persons were injured, the police said at the time.

In December, the Nigerian military said it killed 67 of the insurgents, who, in a convoy of over 30 vehicles and motorcycles, were on a mission to capture Ashaka, another Gombe town, the host community of Ashaka Cement Plant.

The defence headquarters, which admitted losing 10 soldiers in the battle, said troops got intelligence report on their mission and laid ambush for them.

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  • amazing2012

    Good one !

  • Spoken word

    It is quite upsetting how our government has failed in its fight against boko haram.

    • Kadiri

      Keep blaming you or your family members will soon receive same hot bullet in your head from the army …terrorist like you.

      • Spoken word

        Can you grow up please.this is not a joke innocent Nigerians are being killed everyday,because you are alive does not mean you should gloat at the misfortune of others. That is wicked and inhumane.

  • Etang Chris

    These APC e rats should join army and help ur nation fight this war. Instead of this their arm chair criticism.

    • Ichie

      Hi E tang, it seems you just added armchair criticism to your vocabulary recently, probably after reading about Obasanjo recently. Well, as you already know, APC is making progress. Cuss us as you like, it’s our time simply because, and sincerely because this government has failed. Cheers baby!

    • Baba

      When your mentor, Gej, has destroyed the army, APC will soon come to revive its lost glory.

  • Abubakar Gaidam

    Unpreparedness for unconventional war initially hampered our Military in this insurgency fight,but now that they have being trained in unconventional ways of prosecuting such war,and equipped with modern equipment to fight insurgents in particular,we are seeing their capabilities and efforts,given a short time,it is obvious our military will take back every lost territory and send this God-forsaken terrorists to where they belong once and for all.We thank our military for their good works and sacrifice.Also appreciating the efforts of GEJ in combating this menace strange to our clime with adequate resources provided and moral support for the military.Victory is assured.Remember to vote wisely,Vote GEJ.

    • Ahmad

      Using this ugly incident for campaigning shows how callous you are. Not even a casual sympathy for those who have lost their lives. Allah Ya stine maku albarka.

      • Ekerete Etukudo

        You would’ve been the first to call for GEJ’s head if the story were the other way around. Shame on you; GEJ all the way!!

        • Baba

          You need to know that the fact that boko haram attacked gombe town is a sign of Gej failure. The town is now shut down with military barrack under attack! Shame of a nation. Gej must go.

          • alhaji

            yes oo

        • alhaji

          yes ooo

  • Umar Dendi

    We not only have to fight Boko Haram we have to fight those that encourage any inkling towards extremism!
    Why will their not be BH from Gombe while the likes of Kb Gombe are allowed to utter and encourage vehement hate?

    • Otile

      Umaru Dendi boy, tell Imam Buhari to return that oluwale certificate to his school, the certificate has done him more harm than good.

      • Funso

        Ọmọ àlè ni Otile.

      • alhaji

        hehehehe na sooo

  • BlackieUmukoro

    All APC earnestly desire is Aso ROck, boko haram or no boko haram. Shege banza

    • bib

      I thought you have agreed that you will no longer be insultive. In the developed countries govts are judged by their performance. And they are changed if they have not performed,without sentiment. You must agree with me that security of lives and properties of citizens should be the primary duty of any serious govt. As without security no any development can take place.
      From this premise GEJ’s govt is a disaster. Let’s assume as you are wont to that the opposition is to blame for the insurgency in the north. Is it not the duty of the govt to quickly bring the culprits to book and crush the insurgency in its bud? GEJ govt despite the support it enjoyed from the NA who appropriated for it trillions of Naira in defence budgets continued to watch for six years as lives, property, even territories were being lost to insurgency for reasons best known to it. Pls if the people now wants a change to save them from further loss of their lives, property and even territories, who is to blame? Be reasonable, even though you are not at the receiving end, and answer this question.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        First all Nigerians are suffering the effects of the ins urgency and not just the NE alone. Insurgency has no time limit within which it can be wiped out. In ugandan, kenyan, pakistan and the middle east, iraq, US it has been on, but all the citizens are behind the govt as observed when it happened in France recently. But in Nigeria it is a major campaign issue by the opposition and to me it is an unpatriotic act Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • bib

          Of course you are not in the receiving end. But republicans lost election because of its inept handling of gulf war and loss of American lives there. Indeed that was the main campaign issue then. If poor handling is not a,patriotic campaign issue, what is? Trillions of Naira budget for the defence with no results; over two trillions stole as oil subsidy are also not patriotic campaign issues I believe.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Mere allegations given false life by the opposition. Don’t believe them as they have not been proven. I support no one but let’s not dwell in obvious lies. Thanks Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • bib

            The CIA has confirmed that all the weapons used by Boko
            Haram are from the Nigerian Military.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Nigeria military headed by Gambaris, yet they won’t give Ebele peace of mind Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • bib

            You have promoted Kenneth Minimah to Gambari. But he is not qualified. When Gambari headed the army, the then BH chieftain was captured in his enclave without collateral damage.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            In his enclave. But now they have an empire (caliphate) comprising over 20 local Govts Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • bib

            Due to the failure of GEJ and his incompetent security chiefs.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            And to your shame too. Because you did nothing
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • bib

            We are doing something now. We want change! March4Buhari! Vote APC!!!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            God forbid. May I never drink water in my enemy’s house, even if thirsty to the point of death Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • bib

            You will soon find out that GMB is your best friend.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            May shetan not be your buddy
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • bib

            He has already got a very good buddy in you. He doesn’t need me!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Who said ?
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • bib

            Thank you. Both you and me shall not be buddies to shetan.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Cheers
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • BTT

    This is what happens when a govt decides to politicize security of a country….

  • Eka Ade

    How will you say that he has failed Nigerians,are his strides in all sector of the economy not evident for you to see? it took America 10 years to be able to kill Osama Bin Laden.Nigeria will prevail on the Boko Haram insurgence.

  • taiwo

    nice fighter jets,GEJ is transforming Nigeria