The Federal Government on Friday said the Nigerian military have engaged the boko haram insurgents in a fierce battle to recapture Baga, Borno State, where the sect’s militants overran a military base last Wednesday. National Information Centre Cordinator, Mike Omeri, made the claim in a statement he issued in Abuja. Omeri said, “There has been intense fighting between security forces and Boko Haram in some parts of Borno State, especially Baga, over recent days. Since the first attack last weekend on Baga, security forces have been actively pursuing the militants.” Omeri said the sect launched another attack on the area, destroyed property and killed residents, but “Security forces have responded rapidly, and have deployed significant military assets and conducted airstrikes against militant targets.” He said, “These brutal and barbaric attacks by Boko Haram represent none of the people of Nigeria and no religion. Our security forces will continue to pursue the perpetrators of these heinous acts. We will stop Boko Haram, and we will bring to justice those responsible for the brutal violence being perpetrated against the people of Nigeria.” He said 2,000 internally displaced persons temporarily sheltered at the Teacher’s Village Camp are receiving humanitarian help from the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA. Accounts by residents who escaped the terrorists’ onslaught disproved the government’s claim. According to them, the sect completely sacked the soldiers from the troubled town.