Plans by the infamous terrorist sect, Boko Haram to capture Biu the largest town in Borno State was on Wednesday disrupted when the military repelled against the move
Military sources said that many of the insurgents who attempted to invade the Army barracks in the town were killed.
According to ‘Punch’ one of the sources said 41 corpses of the insurgents laid at different spots around the barracks.
Another source said seven of the insurgents, who sustained injuries from the ensued gunfight, were captured alive by soldiers and that an Armoured Personel Carrier was seized from the insurgents.
The information about the captured insurgents was however not confirmed.
Also, some of the killed insurgents were said to be citizens of neighbouring Chad Republic.
Biu is about 300 kilometres from Maiduguri, the troubled Borno State capital, and it remains one of the few towns in the state yet to be captured by the terrorists.
A senior military source in Maiduguri, who spoke anonymously, said it took the gallantry of the Nigerian soldiers to repel the insurgents.
The officer said that the attack had been expected and that the soldiers were prepared.
He said the insurgents stormed the town in the early hours of Wednesday, shooting sporadically before the military responded and was able to repel the attack.
He said the casualties could “not be given now as the military is still taking position and combing the town.”