Over 60 people reportedly died over the weekend as Nigerian security forces battled to recapture Mubi, Adamawa state, from the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
Elite anti-riot mobile policemen were said to have joined the counter-offensive operations to flush out the insurgents who took over Mubi town about two weeks ago, National Mirror reports.
According to Mallam Bello Idi, a resident who fled Mubi as a result of the counter-offensive operations, scores of insurgents have been killed, while several others have surrendered.
“I saw as much as over sixty bodies on my way out of the town. What I witnessed was horrific; anybody still left in Mubi is in serious danger. Many of the insurgents themselves have been forced to retreat into the town from the outskirts as the military advance into the town,” Bello said.
He explained that several residents who still remained in town were prevented from leaving by the insurgents who had plans of using them as shield against the security agent’s heavy bombardments.
He added that several people have already been caught in the line of fire.
According to report, some of the fleeing insurgents attacked some villagers in Makira, on the outskirts of Mubi, killing two and setting ablaze the local church.
However, the villagers were said to have overpowered the insurgents, killing three.
The insurgents were also repelled by a combined team of mobile policemen and a detachment of soldiers stationed in Hong who responded quickly.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian military allegedly arrested a top military officer in Yola over his links with Boko Haram.
He is believed to be funding the insurgents as several billions of bank transactions to the sect was linked to him.
He is alleged to also be providing the sect with vital information about movement of arms and other tactical moves.
Recall that the police mobile unit tagged Operation Guerilla were reported to have been drafted to confront insurgents in Mubi alongside the army.