LAGOS, (Xinhua) --
Boko Haram insurgents have suffered heavy
casualties following an overnight attempt to invade
Gulak, a town in Nigeria’s northeast state of Adamawa,
local officials said Tuesday.
insurgents engaged the military in several hours’ battle
as they attempted to enter the town Monday evening.
Mohammed, chairman of Madagali Local Government Area,
confirmed to Xinhua that the insurgents suffered heavy
casualties, but he declined to give an exact number.
He said two
women, one 70 and the other 30, were hit by stray
bullets while trying to escape.
Mohammed Abubakar, a councillor representing Gulak Ward,
told reporters that residents who escaped are now
turning back home.
“I am not in
the town, but I am now on my way back home, just about
49 kilometers to Gulak,” Abubakar said. “I have spoken
to my wife in Gulak who said the family is back home
with the return of normalcy.”
made considerable gains against the terror group,
dislodging Boko Haram fighters from the Sambisa Forest,
the group’s largest training camp in the country, early
has been blamed for the death of more than 20,000 people
and displacing of 2.3 million others in Nigeria since