Two soldiers, four police officers, several villagers reported killed as Nigerian military battles Boko Haram in Banki

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

The suspects fled to Cameroon.

At least two Nigerian soldiers, four police officers, and several civilians were reportedly killed when the country’s security forces engaged Boko Haram terrorists in a fierce gun battle in Banki border town of Borno State, witnesses and security officials said.

The Nigerian military had, Wednesday, deployed both land and air troops to battle the Boko Haram insurgents who invaded at about 2 a.m., shooting and maiming the residents as well as bombing the police post.

The witnesses from Banki Village said the attackers, who were armed with sophisticated weapons, shot sporadically at residents after invading the sleeping town.

A survivor, John Samuel, said the suspected Boko Haram gunmen came in large numbers riding motorcycles and vans as they threw bombs that destroyed the police outpost and several other buildings.

“They used sophisticated guns and bombed the police station which went up in flames, and many villagers were killed and injured, as we ran for our dear lives,” he said.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that at least two soldiers died and several others were badly injured during the attack, though the Nigeria Army did not make an official comment.

Also, according to a police source, four police officers of the anti-terrorist squad of Borno State Police Command were killed when they moved into the battle territory and got ambushed by the Boko Haram gunmen.

However, the Borno State Police Commissioner, Lawan Tanko, who confirmed the incident to journalists in Maiduguri, said only a police officer got killed during the attack, that started at about 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

“I can confirm that there was an attack on Banki town by suspected Boko Haram group in the early hours of Wednesday in which my station in Banki was partially affected. I lost an officer and some of our men sustained injuries”, he narrated.

The military spokesperson of the 7-Division in Maiduguri, Muhammad Dole, had also confirmed the incident and upheld the claims of the police commissioner, he, however did not confirm the death of any soldier.

A source at the Brigadier Mai Malari Barracks revealed to PREMIUM TIMES that the report of the two killed soldiers – one Lance Corporal and a Private got to their families today.

PREMIUM TIMES was told that after a sustained onslaught from both land and air troops, the terrorists escaped to a hamlet called Amchide in Cameroon and from there, fled to another border village called Garin-Limami, still in Cameroon.

The BBC had Thursday night reported the same attack in its Hausa News Service in which it also claimed that soldiers died during the attack. The BBC report also said the airstrike, though not targeted at Cameroonians on the other side of the Nigerian border, had, however, destroyed property of people there – a situation that has since stirred the angst of the Cameroon government in the area.

Banki is about 160km away from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Borno, as well as Adamawa and Yobe, is under emergency as soldiers try to defeat the Boko Haram.


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  • Oloyede

    Nigeria is reaping the fruit of its carelessness and planlessness. Here we do things as if there won’t be implications. BH is a social vice that is very well likely to evolve in a country like Nigeria, where things are being done anyhow. No population control, no good education, no reasonable policies, nothing; except for politics of triviality and deceit. We deserve what we get as a people.

    • victoria

      Population control is HARAM in Islam.

      • Oloyede

        Sister victoria the earlier you disabuse your mind the better for all of us. All this animosity for other tribes and religions is doing us no good. Do unto others, as you…
        If you won’t mind testing EVERYTHING and hold on to the truth, you might check the Koran and Hadith yourself. There you’ll realise that Islam has its own natural way of family planning, which if followed would space child birth at four years interval. Islam also mandated that children be well catered for. What we have in Nigeria is the result of the socio-cultural and socio-economic effects of our environment. So, pls, let us learn to make informed comments so as to stop imbueing culture of hatred among ourselves.

        • Pete

          Nothing she has said there deserves your hatred accusation.
          If you were present in Nigeria when Babangida tried to peg kids per couple to four then you ought to know the fight and religious blackmail that Northern Muslims unleashed on that policy until the government backtracked.
          You Muslims always blame every other person or thing other than yourselves for your problems.

          • Oloyede

            Did you care to know whether I’m a Moslem or Christian? That’s one of the problems we have in Nigeria: jumping into conclusion indiscriminately.
            “Peg 4 kids per couple”. You accuse Moslems as if Nigerian Christians would grant such law. Don’t you know the Catholic? Not even the Americans or British would grant it, but then, they still have there ways of controlling their population. As I said, it’s all about our culture and not religion per se. Carryout studies very well pls.

          • Pete

            Catholics encourage natural family planning. Couples are taught that in marriage classes before they wed.
            I still insist that it’s Muslims in Nigeria who always threaten hell if attempts are made to control child birth.
            Northern Nigerian Muslims are the ones who are always quick to point at their population. And they are actively encouraged by their leaders to marry more than one wife.
            Even their rejection of polio vaccination has been on the propaganda grounds that it’s the West’s conspiracy to reduce the Muslim population.

          • GOV11

            Fact!

          • Oloyede

            You may carry on with the myth in your mind, but I don’t see it bringing peace in this country. Moreover, with your hardline disposition, you are not different from the fanatics you’re accusing.

  • beddy chibs

    BOKO HARAM please stop making the North unruleable for the Emirs.Thanks.

  • This country, likely to split very soon

  • osogbo

    Close Nigeria Cameroon Border in the north east . Cameroon is the operational base of Boko haram. The government of Cameroon is aware of it. Nigeria is too timid when it come to Cameroon . Gave them bakassi and now they gave operation base to terrorist in the North East, kill Nigerians then run to Cameroon. Take the fight to them in Cameroon and the Boko haram problem is over in 24 hours. JONATHAN, JONATHAN SHOW SOME BACK BONE. THE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT YOUR WEAKNESS.

    • Pete

      Who has prevented you from finding your way into the presidential seat so you can show your “backbone” in all its glory, Mr. Backbone?
      Stupid comment!