Army Arrests Three Suspected Chadian Boko Haram Terrorists

Army Arrests Three Suspected Chadian Boko Haram TerroristsThe Nigerian Army says it has arrested three suspected Chadian Boko Haram terrorists in Gombe State, northeast Nigeria.

According to a statement by the Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, the arrest was carried out in conjunction with the Department of State Services (DSS), after a painstaking effort of tracking the suspects.

The suspects, Bilal Muhammed Umar, Bashir Muhammed and Muhammed Maigari Abubakar, were arrested at Arawa and Mallam Inna areas of Gombe metropolis.

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They were reported to be members of Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram that operates in Chad and mostly northern part of Borno State.

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During the operation, Bilal Muhammed Umar attempted to escape and was shot on the leg, apprehended afterwards and presently receiving medical treatment.

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Bilal Muhammed Umar

The suspects, who were also arrested with Improvised Explosive Device (IED), are currently in custody undergoing preliminary investigation.

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Troops Rescue 85 Boko Haram Captives In Chukungudu

Troops, Boko Haram, Chukungudu, Army, Operation Lafiya DoleTroops of Operation Lafiya Dole have rescued 85 persons comprising of mostly women and children held hostage by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The feat was achieved during a decisive clearance operation into the remnants of the terrorists’ strategic hub town of Chukungudu on the southern fringes of the Lake Chad region.

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Troops of 7 Division Nigerian Army, led by the General Officer Commanding of the division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, wiped out the terrorists’ camps in the northern parts of Borno State between Friday and Saturday.

The manoeuvring brigade, led by 3 Battalion of 22 Brigade, successfully cleared Geram, Bulankassa and Chukungudu believed to be the Boko Haram terrorists’ strongholds in the area in northeast Nigeria.

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Some of the rescued captives

A statement by Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, however, said they lost a soldier during the encounter.

“The troops neutralised five Boko Haram terrorist fighters in a fierce encounter that made several of the terrorists running into the Lake Chad waters.

“The troops recovered four rounds of Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, one double barrel gun, 349 packets containing various rounds of ammunition, three magazines, a link belt of machine gun ammunition and one AK-47 rifle magazine.

“During the clearance operations, the troops made spectacular discovery of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory at Geram.

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“In the factory, they found several already primed suicide bombers’ vests (while) they also discovered a well-equipped motor vehicles and motorcycles’ workshop (as well as) spare parts warehouse at Chukungudu village,” Colonel Usman said.

The Army spokesman added that they recovered three vehicles and several newly acquired motorcycles.

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Colonel Usman said that the IED factory, vehicles and motorcycles were destroyed in line with the Rules of Engagement.

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Boko Haram Hoists Flag In Borno Villages

Boko Haram, Islamic StateReports say at least eight people, have been killed after members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, attacked three villages in Borno state, north-east Nigeria and hoisted their flag there.

According to the BBC, the villages which are said to be near Chibok town, from where the militants captured more than 200 schoolgirls in April 2014, are Kubirivour, Boftari and Kuburmbalah.

However, the Nigerian Army has debunked the report.

In a text message to Channels Television following a request for response by the Army, the spokesman of the Army, Colonel Sani Usman described the report as false.

The Nigerian military and the multi-national joint task force have said that troops have almost routed the insurgents from their stronghold in the north east and the Lake Chad area.

But it is reported that the militants remain in control of some villages along the Nigeria-Niger border.

Troops Destroy Camps Of Livestock Rustlers And Armed Bandits

Army Troops Destroy Livestock Rustlers And Armed Bandits' CampsTroops of the Nigerian Army have destroyed hideouts of livestock rustlers and armed bandits in operations military said were tremendously successful.

The feat is in continuation with the clearance of all suspected livestock rustlers and armed bandits’ camps and hideouts in Nigeria, especially in the northwest region.

Troops of 223 Battalion, One Brigade of One Division on Friday raided suspected livestock rustlers and armed bandits’ camps at Tofa forest in Gusau Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State.

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An armed bandit’s hideout set on fire

During the operation, an armed bandit was killed while few others sustained gunshot wounds.

The troops recovered a Dane gun, two locally made pistols and four motorcycles while the camps were destroyed in line with established procedure.

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The four motorcycles recovered

The Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, revealed in a statement on Saturday that the troops also went on a long-range patrol along Dumburum-Batsari forest axis in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State and part of Katsina State.

“They also discovered several cattle rustlers and armed bandits’ camps and destroyed them after an encounter with the bandits in the area.

“Here too, the troops killed a bandit while others fled on motorcycles and recovered three locally made pistols.

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locally made pistols recovered

“Thereafter, the patrol team proceeded to Batsari in Katsina State and linked up with troops of 35 Battalion of Three Brigade, Nigerian Army and cleared several bandits’ camps within the area.

“The troops in conjunction with Nigeria Police also recovered a stolen Mercedes Benz car model E200 with registration number Lagos CW 504 LND from one Gambo Ibrahim of Kubacha town, that was stolen at New Karu.

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Another hideout destroyed by troops

“Similarly, troops at Anchau, Kaduna State, pursued a notorious armed bandit named Danladi Tasha Adamu along Kargi District (who) unfortunately fled into the bush.

“He, however, abandoned seven rustled cattle.

“The recovered livestock were handed over to Kubau Local Government Council officials,” Colonel Usman said.

Boko Haram Kills Six Civilians In Borno – Army

Boko Haram, Nigerian Army, BornoSuspected Boko Haram terrorists foraging for food, ambushed troops of Operation Lafiya Dole escorting commercial vehicles from Damboa to Maiduguri, the Nigerian Army said.

The army added that five civilians lost their lives during the incident while another died on the way to the hospital.

A statement by the military on Monday said the mishap happened on Monday afternoon at Sanda general area of Borno State in northeast Nigeria.

The Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, disclosed that three soldiers were injured and they have been evacuated to Maiduguri, the state’s capital.

He said that another robust patrol team had been consequently dispatched to reinforce the troops, clear the general area and pursue the terrorists.

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“This unfortunate incident has brought to the fore the need for more vigilance and cooperation amongst all.

“We would like to assure the public that we would not allow this isolated incident to thwart the peace and security commuters enjoy along the route and all other opened routes in the North East.

“Troops are on the heels of the attackers and would not relent till they are apprehended or killed.

“Additional security measures have also been placed to avert re-occurrence,” Usman stated.

Attack At Chibok

Meanwhile, the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, has said that alleged suspected Boko Haram terrorists attack at Chibok was not correct.

“What happened was that, two persons were murdered at Kwamjilari village, (which is over 30 kilometres from Chibok and very close to Sambisa forest), by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists looking for food.

“We wish to reiterate that they weren’t killed outside or near a church as being bandied around.

“The people from the said village are all in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Chibok.

“Those who went back to the village without authorisation were moved back to Chibok two weeks ago,” Colonel Usman explained in a statement.

However, the army noted that those killed went back on their own contrary to security advice.

They said a patrol team had been sent from Chibok to the village on Monday morning.

The Nigerian Army assured the citizenry that adequate measures would be taken to ensure no one goes back to the village in the meantime.

Troops Clear Boko Haram Hideouts In Yobe

Troops, Boko Haram, YobeThe Nigerian Army has carried out a clearance operation on remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria.

A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, disclosed that the feat was made by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the early hours of Wednesday.

The operation followed activities of the terrorists around Jororo and Tombaeji villages in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The fighting patrol team came into contact with some Boko Haram terrorists around Gajire village, during which there was a firefight that lasted for about 15 minutes.

“The gallant troops overpowered the terrorists and killed four of them and captured one alive.

“The victorious troops also recovered two General Purpose Machine Guns (GMPG), two AK-47 Rifles and 144 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition from the terrorists.

“In addition, they also recovered two KASEA branded motorcycles,” the statement said.

Colonel Usman noted that the troops have continued to patrol the general area in search of possible remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists that might be hibernating in the area.

“The ever vigilant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have continued their routine operations maintaining vigilance, to prevent further actions by the Boko Haram terrorists in their respective areas of operations,” he said.

Not less than 30 terrorists had been reportedly killed in a clash with troops in a village near Lake Chad and the Nigerian border.

The incident, which was said to have occurred on Monday also resulted in the death of five soldiers from the Republic of Niger.

The fighting reportedly started after the Army fell into an ambush, leaving six soldiers injured, and two of the militants captured.

JTF Kills Five Militants In Rivers State

Army, Militants, JTF, RiversThe Nigerian Army says it is making progress in the Niger Delta as it reveals that the Joint Task Force has killed five militants in Rivers State.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the military announced that it has begun mopping up of arms in the Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

The militants were killed during an exchange of gun fire with the troops, and a cache of arms and ammunition recovered from them.

The troops intercepted the hoodlums after they had kidnapped an unidentified person before the gun battle ensued.

A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, stated that the exercise would continue this weekend in the 82 Division and part of the Two Division of the Nigerian Army.

The army explained that the operations in the riverine environment was to check criminal activities such as kidnapping, militancy and piracy among others.

The Commander of “Operation Delta Safe”, Major General Joseph Irabor, had told journalists in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State that the military would not relent in its determination to rid the Niger Delta of illegal arms.

This latest killing of five militants and one kidnapper occurred in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital this weekend and is considered a major breakthrough by the Nigerian military.

However, there are reports that the Federal Government is ready to dialogue with the Niger Delta militants, to resolve the crisis in the region.

The Petroleum Minister, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said at the weekend that over $40 billion have been spent in the Niger Delta in the past 12 years without any significant results.

Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack In Borno

Troops on Operation Lafia Dole repel Boko Haram attack in BornoTroops on ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ have successfully repelled an attempted attack on their location by remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.

The thwarted attack was targeted at personnel of the Nigerian Army stationed at Darul Jamel, on the fringes of the Sambisa forest in northern part of Borno State in northeast Nigeria.

According to the military, the terrorists attempted to storm the troops’ location at about 10:00pm on Monday, but paid dearly, as the troops killed several of them, including two senior commanders that led the attack.

The troops recovered one Light Machine Gun (LMG) with Registration number 56M-1101229, an AK-47 rifle magazine, Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bomb and a top cover of an AK-47 rifle.

Other items recovered were 395 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and 15 rounds of 5.5mm by 45 ammunition.

Prior to the attack, the troops of the same unit, who were on routine patrol, had cleared an ambush staged by suspected remnants of the terrorist group desperate for food near Banki Junction.

The army believes that the attack and ambush might not be unconnected to the fact that the terrorists were desperately targeting over 890 rescued herdsmen with their 5,000 livestock, who were earlier held captives by the insurgents along the Nigerian borders with Cameroon.

The troops’ success was contained in a statement on Tuesday by a spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman.

Troops Intercept Gunmen, Recover Ammunition In Katsina

Troops, NSCDC, KatsinaTroops of 35 Battalion, One Brigade of the Nigerian Army in a joint patrol with officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Katsina State, have killed a suspected cattle rustler and recovered weapons.

A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, revealed that the troops and the NSCDC, under the auspices of “Operation SHARAN DAJI”, carried out the operations along Tsambe-Fafare road in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, northwest Nigeria.

“The operation was predicated on information received by well-meaning citizens that three gunmen were sighted on motorcycles.

“The team swung into action and pursued the suspected armed bandits towards Dumburu forest in Zamfara State.

“During an encounter, the team killed one of the suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits while the other two escaped with gunshot wounds,” the statement read.

Colonel Usman said that the troops recovered an AK-47 rifle with registration number 1985PS6288, additional AK-47 rifle magazine and three rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition.

He hinted that another combined team arrested a notorious cattle rustler and armed bandit, Abubakar Mohammed, otherwise known as Gora with his accomplices, Anas Gora and Bello Sani, during special raids operations along Faskari-Sheme-Mairuwa road also in Katsina State.

The team recovered 49 cattle and 25 sheep from the group and handed them over to the police.

The recovered animals have been handed over to Faskari Local Government Area Council Secretary for handing over to the rightful owners.

Troops Nab Boko Haram Terrorists, Recover Explosives

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Improvised Explosive Devices recovered by the military in Gombori

Troops have carried out mine and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) clearance in Gombori belonging to the Boko Haram terrorists.

The operation was carried out along the troops’ main supply route in Borno State, following an information provided by a suspected terrorist, Lawan Abbai.

He was arrested on Thursday by officials of the Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State in a counter-terrorism operation in northeast Nigeria.

“The troops located and recovered two heavy IEDs buried in the ground by suspected remnants of the insurgents.

“In the process of recovering the deadly IEDs, the troops intercepted four fleeing suspected Boko Haram terrorists that claimed they were on their way to surrender to troops.

“On preliminary investigation, they were identified as confirmed Boko Haram terrorists planting IEDs along troops’ routes by their arrested colleague, Lawan Abbai,” the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said in a statement.

The troops also rescued five women and a baby from the Boko Haram terrorists at the same general area.

Troops Avert Bomb Attack On IDPs In Monguno

Troops, IDPs, Army, Monguno, BornoTroops of the Nigerian Army have thwarted a suicide bomb attack on some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said the incident occurred at about 6:15am on Monday.

Colonel Usman explained that three female Boko Haram terrorists attempted to attack the IDPs while they were fetching water at a borehole located about three kilometres in the outskirt of Monguno town along Marte Road.

He said that the vigilant troops detected and killed the two terrorists instantly, but the explosive they were strapped with exploded and injured two civilians nearby.

The Army spokesman added that the third suicide bomber, who followed a different route, detonated hers some distance before troops’ deployment situated along the same road at about 7:10 am.

He further stated that the injured civilians have been evacuated and were receiving medical attention at the 8th Task Force Division’s medical facility.

Troops have cordoned off the general area and imposed restriction of movement into Monguno to make the area safe.

Boko Haram Fighters Have New Uniforms, Army Claims

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A picture tweeted by the Army showing the new uniform of the terrorist group attacking communities in Nigeria’s north-east

The Nigerian Army says it has discovered that the Boko Haram terrorists now have new means of identification.

A statement by a spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said troops of 22 Brigade Garrison and elements of Three Battalion that went out on Monday on a long range fighting patrol to Gima village in Ngala Local Government Area made the startling discovery.

“The patrol came in contact with some elements of the Boko Haram that started escaping in disarray on sighting the team.

“They were able to apprehend two terrorists in their new styled uniform of green colour and use of ropes on their legs and necks.

“This is a new development in the ongoing clearance operations of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast,” the statement read.

Colonel Usman also stated that the patrol team recovered one Isuzu Canter lorry which was found concealed with grasses, five motorcycles and two bags of guinea corn.

Other items recovered include three Dane guns, a Solar panel, three bows and arrows.

The arrested terrorists are currently being interrogated to further assist in the clearance operations.