Information reaching us says Soldiers on Sunday prevented Boko Haram fighters from mounting a barricade on Damaturu-Maiduguri highway in Borno State.
According to reports, the soldiers engaged the insurgents in a gun battle around Mainok and Jakana towns in an incident that happened shortly after the usual daily road closure was eased in the morning.
Troops usually close the road in the evening and open it at 7 am every day.
According to a eyewitness, a driver, suspected insurgents who were about to mount road barricades and attack travelers were overpowered and driven away by soldiers.
“We were on our way to Maiduguri after spending the night in Damaturu when we were stopped by soldiers at a place after Mainok.
“We were earlier asked to turn back and later we were told to stay there. Shots were later fired ahead of us, which sounded like gunfire exchange. We were asked to proceed after about thirty-five minutes,” he told Daily Trust.
Extra patrols were later stationed along the road.
According to a military source, two of the attackers were killed while the remaining ones who fled are suspected to be hiding in the bush, adding that soldiers have gone after them.