Fleeing members of Boko Haram terrorists have reportedly abducted two female police officers in Dikwa town of Borno State.
The PUNCH reports that the terrorists also took away one police van in the incident which occurred on Friday.
The newspaper said the insurgents also killed two soldiers in a gun battle that ensued, as men of the Nigerian army repelled attack on the Local Government headquarters.
The publication quoted sources as saying that the insurgents stormed the town around 5:30pm and operated for over four hours before leaving around 9:00pm.
“They killed two soldiers and abducted two women police. Six IDPs were also injured in the attack. The Insurgents took away one police van and also burst the tire of the civilian JTF van,” a civilian JTF said.
A person living in the Internally Displaced Persons camp in Dikwa said while the attack was going on, frightened camp residents hid in their tents.
“We were in our tents in the camp and were hearing shootings from a distance and we knew those gunshots could not be from the army so we did not go out to know how deadly the attack was,” he stated.
A humanitarian worker in Dikwa, was also quoted as saying that the attackers who came on foot were pursued by troops.
He said: “When they came into the town on foot, they started shooting sporadically. We all took to our heels. From the way they attacked, it was obvious they were on the run because the army has been clearing them in Sambisa Forest and you know Dikwa is in close proximity to the forest.”
“I cannot tell the number of casualties because I ran for safety and I have not heard anything about the casualty figures but they didn’t target any particular place for destruction.”