Over 20 suspected members of the deadly Boko Haram sect were on Sunday killed in Buratai town during a siege to the residence of the former Commander, Niger-Delta Special Task Force, Major General Tukur Buratai, an indigene of the town.
It was learnt that the insurgents also attacked a primary school in the town, Buratai Central Primary School.
Buratai is a lonely town in Biu Local Government area of Borno State, which is a distance of over 200 kilometres from the state capital, Maiduguri.
Mallam Idi Buratai, a resident of Buratai, told journalists on Monday in a telephone interview that over 50 gunmen invaded the town on motorcycles and Hilux Vans and attacked the residence of the army general and the primary school, which they succeeded in razing down.
But they however met their waterloo as they many of them were killed while a few others fled in various directions.
Idi said, “The soldiers, guarding the residence of the former task force commander, in collaboration with their colleagues from Biu Military Barrack and some members of the vigilance group, repelled the attackers, killing over 20 members of the sect.”
Idi added that the terrorists set on fire all the telecommunications masts in the town.
He explained that the terrorists, who stormed the town at about 9.30am on Sunday, came through Buni-Yadi, a Yobe town, which is under the sect’s control.
A resident of the town, who fled to Biu, Bukar Buba, also told journalists on the telephone that the soldiers, guarding the general’s residence, successfully repelled the attackers.