Days after the clash between the Multinational Task and Boko Haram led to close to 200 deaths in Baga, Borno State, the insurgents staged attacks on military and police posts in Gashua, Yobe.
The attacks led to clashes between the Joint Task Force, JTF, and the insurgents that saw seven persons lose their lives.
The Joint Task Force (JTF) on security in Yobe confirmed the death of two policemen and five suspected terrorists in an attack early on Thursday.
The policemen and terrorists lost their lives during an attack on security formations by suspected Islamic Boko Haram members at Gashua in the Bade Local Government Area of Yobe.
The Spokesman of the JTF, Lt. Eli Lazarus, made the announcement in a statement made available to Journalists.
Lazarus said that some of the attackers escaped with gunshot wounds and appealed to the public, particularly medical personnel not to treat any one with gun shot wounds.
“Please, help us by informing the police or any of the task force formations before anyone with gunshot wounds would be treated.
“Those that escaped with gunshot wounds also carted away two vehicles, police uniforms and other items from the police station,” he said.
The statement noted that “security operatives on the other hand recovered three vehicles, one AK47 rifle and one Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb.
“Other items recovered include, one locally made pistol, one generating set and a large quantity of ammunition.”
The statement added that the JTF was conducting ‘cordon and search’ operation in Gashua to fish out any of the gunmen probably hiding in the village.
The JTF assured that it was on top of the situation and solicited for cooperation from the public to ensure that normalcy returned to Gashua.