At least nine people have perished in a gunfight between police formations and suspected Boko Haram gunmen in the northeast Nigerian border village of Gwoza on Tuesday night, a military official said.
A security operative attached to the JTF who spoke to the reporters on condition of anonymity said the attack occurred at about 8 p.m. on August 20, 2013, Tuesday.
“The gunmen attacked the police divisional headquarters in Gwoza and killed 2 police officers, but the soldiers there were able to repel them and killed seven of them”, said the security operative.
Gwoza, 130 km away from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, has a rocky terrain where some of the Boko Haram insurgents are believed to be hiding.
The top monarch of Gwoza, Idrissa Timta, was seen at the Government House Maiduguri, where he came to brief the state governor, Kashim Shettima, about the dangers facing his people.
Neither Mr. Timta nor his aides spoke to the press on the attack. The JTF is also yet to comment on the attack.
The Boko Haram, whose leader, Abubakar Shekau, was believed to have been killed early August, have carried out several attacks in the past two years leading to the death of thousands of people.