BOKO Haram insurgents may have struck from a new base in Cameroon, following renewed attacks on Borno villages, the military has said.
It was also learnt that the military seeks to prevail on the Federal Government to reach out to Cameroonian authorities on a bilateral campaign against the insurgents.
Last Saturday, Boko Haram attacked Arboko village, behind Gwoza Hills, killing five and burning 35 houses.
Unspecified number of insurgents were killed in a counter-attack by troops.
But investigation has linked the latest attack to a base being operated by Boko Haram in Northern Cameroon.
A military source said: “Last Saturday’s attack was not behind Sambisa Forest, but Gwoza Hills at Abroko.
“From available intelligence, the terrorists came in from Cameroon, killing five civilians and burning 35 houses.
“When we got the alert, troops were despatched to the locality, where they encountered the terrorists, killing and several of them.
“Following the superior counter-attack from our troops, the insurgents fled. The area is being searched at the moment.”
The source added: “We have strong clues that Boko Haram insurgents have shifted base to Cameroon. It is from this base that they have been invading villages and schools in Borno and Yobe states.
“What the military is doing now is to ask the Federal Government to enter into a pact with the Cameroonian government to rid the borders of insurgents.
“We are hopeful that with political understanding, it is a matter of time before the insurgents are checked.”
Defence Headquarters spokesman Maj-Gen. Chris Olubolade said: “Troops have been deployed in the village occupied by the insurgents and they have fled the area.
“We will also ensure the protection of life and property in the affected area.”
A statement by the spokesman of the 7 Division, Maiduguri, Col. Muhammad Dole, confirmed the encounters between troops on Maiduguri-Bama-Gwoza Road.
Dole said the success of air raid had depleted the strength of Boko Haram.
The statement said: “The air bombardment of insurgents’ hideouts in Mainok and Mada areas of Kaga and Konduga local government areas by the Air Force claimed the lives of some Boko Haram terrorists.
“The terrorists were seen conducting a funeral for their dead members around Mudube village.
“Troops of 7 Division encountered Boko Haram insurgents on the Maiduguri-Bama-Gwoza road during which eight terrorists were killed, three vehicles and three AK 47 rifles burnt, while scores of others fled with injuries.
“Recently, due to increased offensive ground and air strikes, there is serious decimation of Boko Haram fighters.
“This forced them (Boko Haram) to embark on a forceful conscription of youths and abduction of women. The troops are on their trail to ensure the safe release of these captives.”