Boko Haram terrorists attacked Michicka town in Adamawa State, burning down the only commercial bank in the area on Monday night.
Some residents said that the attackers came into Michika from the Shuwa axis, shooting sporadically, taking everyone by surprise.
Daily Trust gathers that the insurgents overpowered the military formation in the town and took control of the town for some time before military reinforcement from Madagali.
One trader, Ibrahim Adi said that the insurgents came in several trucks. Other sources said the attackers also burnt houses in Koppa village on their way back to the Sambisa area.
In a statement Tuesday morning, acting Director, Public Relations of the Nigeria Army, Colonel Sagir Musa, said troops repelled the insurgents who “suffered heavy casualties”.
Musa’s statement continued:
At about 7.20 pm, gallant troops of 115 Task Force Battalion deployed at Lassa in Borno State received a distress call from vigilantes at Maikadiri village on movement of suspected BHTs along Road Maikadiri – Shuwari enroute Michika.
The troops immediately organized blocking positions and swooped on the terrorists which led to exchange of fire. The terrorists attempted to escape but were intercepted and suppressed with heavy volume of fire.
Consequently, the gallant troops with reinforcement from 143 Battalion Gulak engaged the terrorists on Two Front Coordinated Attacks. The BHTs were completely routed by the troops, neutralizing many of them while others fled in disarray due to superior firepower.
As a result, they hastily evacuated most of their corpses under the cover of darkness. The entire area has been dominated by own troops and the situation is completely under control. Items captured from the terrorists include One Ford vehicle, two Toyota Starlet vehicles loaded with foodstuffs, one motorcycle and one tyre inflating machine. Further exploitation is to be conducted this morning. Calm has since returned to the city and inhabitants of the town are hereby enjoined to report the presence of strange faces in their localities and go about their normal businesses.