Nigerian Army Hunts Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State

Nigerian Army Hunts Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State

The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE announces that it has destroyed a Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) hideout and neutralized some of their fighters at Kacha Korle in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State, in Nigeria.

The operation was performed on 10 June 2020, following intelligence reports indicating that the location was a meeting area and assembly venue for the terrorists from where they planned and launched attacks against troops’ sites and civilian settlements within the Sector 1 Area of Responsibility, including the Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway.

Accordingly, to the Nigerian Coordinator of the Defense Media Operation, Major General John Enenche, Nigerian Air Task Force deployed an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft and fighters to bomb the refuge. From the air, many Boko Haram terrorists were detected in and around some prominent structures. Following air attacks against Boko Haram Terrorists lead to the demolition of some of the constructions as well as the offsetting of several terrorists.

The Chief of the Air Staff has applauded the Air Task Force and urged them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists. The Defense Headquarters outlines the courage and dedication of the Air Task Force working jointly with security agencies and stakeholders for the defeat of the criminals in the North East of Nigeria.

During the week, the Nigerian Army deployed a series of clearance operations across the North-East aiming at decisively hitting terrorism in the region; several Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists have been killed, and others have been arrested.

On 8 June 2020, troops of 192 Battalion, Gwoza, Borno State, conducted an audacious and well-coordinated raid on a Boko Haram terrorist’s hideout at Kwatara on the Mandara Mountains. The successful mission led to the death of numerous terrorists, while others escaped with gunfire injuries.

Likewise, troops of 151 Battalion prepared at Strong Response Area Miyanti managed a plotted ambush against Boko Haram terrorists along the Darel Jamel to Miyanti Road, killing two terrorists. At the same time, two women were rescued in the process.

On 8 June 2020, one Boko Haram member, Mustapha Kori, capitulated to Nigerian troops posted at Gamboru, The surrendered insurgent confessed that he actively participated in Boko Haram activities for the past five years, but escaped from the camp at Fulatari near Lake Chad, after a series of artillery shelling which killed several Boko Haram fighters including their local commanders.

Earlier on 5 June 2020, troops of 195 Battalion deployed at Strong Response Area Zabarmari, Borno State, conducting a long-range clearance duty to Jajeri, Gurnum Kole l, Gurnum Kole ll, Malis and Ladin Mbuta. Nigerian troops similarly raided the villages of Asala Fura, Mai Njika, Kanube, Kessa Ngala, Taula, and Shuwabe.

At Taula, soldiers stormed a Boko Haram refuge, neutralizing three terrorists while others fled in disorder. Troops also seized one solar panel charger, one cell phone, rubber solution, food and some cooking tools before destroying the enclave.

On the same day, the 195 Battalion deployed at Dusuman in combination with elements of Borno State Civilian Joint Task Force, to conduct a successful night ambush at a Boko Haram crossing point along the Dusuman – Zabarmari track road, killing one Boko Haram terrorist. Troops seized AK 47 Rifles and 7.62mm special ammo.

Besides, troops of 271 Task Force Tank Battalion, Michika, Adamawa State, acting on reliable Human Intelligence, tracked and arrested a Boko Haram spy during Jummat Prayer at Michika Central Mosque. The detained suspect confessed to coming from Maikadiri, a Boko Haram terrorist enclave. The suspect is in troops’ custody for further interrogation.

George Costa

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