Nigerian soldiers in the counter-insurgency operations in the northeast have killed a total of 90 Boko Harm fighters during raids on the insurgents’ camps in Borno and Yobe state.
The military also raided Boko Haram arms cache in various camps in the two states within the five days operations where some AK 47 rifles, anti-air guns, magazines with rounds of ammunitions, solar panels being used by the terrorists for their violent act, cell phones, bombs, Improvised Explosive Devices chargers, 4-wheel drive vehicles among others, deputy commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Lucky Irabor told journalists at a press briefing in Maiduguri, Friday.
He said troops encountered Boko Haram at Shentimari, cleared the insurgents’ “enclave and recovered 78 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.” At Chukun Gudu in northern Borno, “troops encountered and destroyed terrorists’ camp along Jillam, Bula Butube. During the exchange of fire, 10 terrorists were killed, two AK 47 Rifles, two AK 47 magazines, two solar panels and two GSM handsets were recovered while one Isuzu was destroyed,” he said.
While giving the details and statistics of the casualties in the raids backed with pictures, the commander said 21 Boko Haram were killed at Old Marte where three soldiers were injured, three insurgents killed at Wajirok Ajigin in Damboa Local Government and eight at Rugga Fulani. Also, 20 Boko Haram were also killed at Afe, Kudiye and Souma with 370 civilian hostages freed. He said four Boko Haram that fled from military onslaught during raid on their hideouts at Huyum, Jeje and Diba villages abandoned their families behind including five women and 12 children. “However, own troops killed four of the Boko Haram,” he disclosed.
He confirmed the suicide attack at the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno capital yesterday. He said three suicide bombers were intercepted along Mafa road near a military check-point by troops early Friday.
“One of the bombers, a female attempted to move toward the troops but exploded along the way killing self. The blast affected the second female bomber but the third bomber, a male was gun down by our troops while rushing toward the check-point,” he explained.
He solicited for more support from the people, urging them to collaborate with the military and other security agencies to end Boko Haram so as to return to normal life.