A fierce gun duel is taking place between members of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents and Nigerian troops who have been intensifying efforts to reclaim territories captured by the insurgents in Adamawa Northern zone.
Reports from the area indicate that about 200 insurgents may have been killed in this latest offensive forcing them to retreat as Nigerian troops took control of Michika.
According to a source, “the Nigerian troops have gained an upper hand in the ongoing war to rout the insurgents out of Michika town which has been under the grip of the insurgents for close to a month.
“Nigerian troops are advancing towards Gulak in consolidation of the success they have made but the insurgents launched an offensive against them leading to the fierce battle between the two sides which is on as at the time of filling this report.”
Another source from Michika said Nigerian troops entered the town following a phenomenal success they made against the insurgents who suffered severe casualties.
“The Nigerian troops have gained entry into Michika and are now fully in control of the town having killed a lot of them (the insurgents),” the source said.
The sources, however, added that it has not been an easy feat for the Nigerian troops as they are facing stiff resistance from the insurgents as they advance towards Gulak.
He added that that both sides have been in a prolonged gun duel as many insurgents and ammunitions were deployed to counter the troops.
“There is heavy fighting between the insurgents and Nigerian troops as the insurgents are doing everything to frustrate the effort of the Nigerian troops and many people who are trapped in the towns are now sneaking out following intensified fighting,” our source said.
“The gallant Nigerians soldiers were attacked from the back by the militants but the military men engaged them in a fierce battle for over five hours back.”
Efforts to get the reaction of the Public Relations Officer of the 23rd Army Brigade in Yola failed. His telephone phone line was not reachable.