Search is on for Gumsuri terror perpetrators

ABUJA: TROOPS are patrolling the general area of Gumsuri, Borno State in search of terrorists who killed at least 30 people and abducted scores more last week.

Chris Olukolade, Defence Information Director, disclosed this in a press statement from Abuja.

“Troops are patrolling the general area of Gumsuri in search of terrorists who were said to have attacked the community last weekend. Although it has been confirmed that some people were killed by the terrorists during the attack, efforts are ongoing to verify the reported abductions from credible sources in the community in view of claims by unidentified sources being quoted in some foreign media,” the statement read.

Olukolade said the troops would continue operations over the area and surrounding communities.

“Troops have been ordered to sustain an aggressive patrol over the area and the surrounding communities in order to ensure that terrorists do not have any freedom of action in the area while the counter-terrorism campaign continues,” he said.

He said some of the villagers who fled during the attack have started returning to the village and normal life has also returned to the area.

“The surveillance and patrol of the area by air and land forces has been stepped up to secure the general area.”