The Nigerian army has continued its onslaught against the dreaded Boko Haram group with its latest operation leading to the death of some members and the rescue of a woman and her baby.
In a statement by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman who is the acting director of the army public relations, he said the engagement with the terrorist occurred on Friday, June 10 when intelligence report revealed that some terrorists dislodged at Chukungudu and Hausari villages were moving towards Muska village in Gamboru Ngala local government area.
He said 10 Boko Haram terrorists were killed while a woman who was held hostage by the terrorists was rescued.
Read full statement below:
Troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Task Force Brigade on Friday 10th June 2016, based on information received that Boko Haram terrorists elements earlier dislodged at Chukungudu and Hausari villages during a recent clearance operations, were migrating towards Muska village in Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area, conducted fighting patrol operations in the general area. During the encounter, the troops killed 10 Boko Haram terrorists, captured 2 alive and rescued a woman with her baby that were held hostages by the terrorists.
The troops also recovered several equipment, arms and ammunition that include 6 AK-47 rifle magazines, 56 rounds of 7.62m (Special) rounds of ammunitions, 1 bundle of detonating cord, a Manual on how to prepare Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) 2 rifle magazine pouches, a Techno IPad, a Nokia mobile telephone handset and 1 Gionee mobile telephone handset.
Others include 1 Digital Multimetre, 6 SIM cards, 3 Memory cards and 1 Airtel Modem containing memory card also. The troops also recovered a wristwatch, 2 Islamic books, an empty bag and 2 Motorcycles.
The captured terrorists are undergoing preliminary interrogation, while rescued woman and her child are receiving necessary attention pending onward movement to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp.
Similarly, another element of the Battalion also conducted another fighting patrol to Wumbi village based on received information on the presence of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the area. The patrol team recovered 157 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and 37 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.
In a related development, troops of 22 Brigade Garrison intercepted 15 IDPs, all male adults, approaching Dikwa from Mudu Kasa village. They revealed that some Boko Haram terrorists occasionally visit and terrorise their village and forcefully collect food and valuables. They further alleged that the terrorists came in numbers with some of them holding AK-47 rifles, while others wield machetes.
As part of the troops mandate of facilitating humanitarian assistance by both Governmental and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) to the IDPs, troops also provided security to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) same day. The troops provided security to the ICRC’s contractors sinking 5 boreholes around Dikwa IDP camp. They troops would continue to provide the needed security to facilitate humanitarian assistance and activities in the area.
Meanwhile, some Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have accused Nigerian politicians of sponsoring Boko Haram terrorists operating in the north east.
Speaking in Abuja, the CSOs said the politicians are sabotaging the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s effort towards fight terrorism in Nigeria.