•59 suspects arrested
From TIMOTHY OLA, Maiduguri
Five people including a policeman and suspected Boko Haram members died at the weekend during a clash between the military Joint Task Force (JTF) and the Islamist sect near Potiskum in Yobe State. JTF spokesman in Yobe, Lt. Eli Lazarus said the task force conducted a ‘cordon and search’ in Yindiski area in Potiskum, at about 2pm on Saturday, leading to a bloody clash between the soldiers and Boko Haram, noting that five persons were killed while 59 suspects were arrested.
According to him, the policeman was attached to the task force while a soldier sustained injuries during the clash. He disclosed that four AK 47 rifles, one double barrel gun, 16 magazines and 380 rounds of ammunitions were recovered during the search. Other items intercepted according to JTF, include two gas cylinders and several Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) making materials. Lt. Lazarus said that the 59 suspects were being held for interrogation.
He urged residents to go about their normal activities and “support the JTF through the provision of relevant and timely information that will assist in ridding the state, of terrorists’ activities.” Meanwhile, two people were reportedly killed in an attack at a wedding in Maiduguri, weekend by gunmen believed to be Boko Haram. Sources said the gunmen had invaded the venue at Mafoni ward, one of the hot beds of the sect’s attacks at about 11.30am last Saturday and opened fire on guests and people.
“Two people died while some were injured,” one of the residents claimed. However, neither the police nor the JTF could confirm the incident as at Press time.