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Boko Haram Attacks Army Chief Buratai’s Hometown Again



Suspected Boko Haram terrorists have once again besieged the hometown of Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, to wreak havoc for the second time in space of five months, Leadership reports.
The Boko Haram gunmen launched a dawn raid on the hometown of Nigerian army chief, triggering a fierce gun battle with troops, residents of a nearby village to which people fled the clashes told AFP.
However, there was no immediate report of casualties in the fighting as at the time of filing this report.
Abubakar Umar, a resident of the nearby hamlet of Miringa, told AFP that the fighting began at 5am after Boko Haram insurgents attacked the village.
“At one point we could hear explosions coming from the direction of Buratai,” he said.
Troops reinforcements from a military base in the town of Biu, 30 kilometres from Buratai, were seen passing through Miringa.
“Nine trucks conveying soldiers and another four carrying local hunters drove through our village towards Buratai and from what we hear more are on their way,” said Shitu Ayuba, another resident.
Some Buratai residents had fled to Miringa, where they took shelter in a primary school, locals said.

“I cannot say how many were killed in the raid by Boko Haram because we left the town while they were still on it. I saw corpses and I saw the house of our former commissioner, Isa Buratai on fire. I don’t know about the people in the house, but about two corpses were seen along the way apart from many others that we saw,” a fleeing local, Audi Bukar, told newsmen.