Soldier Dies As Troops Kill 10 Insurgents In Baga

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A soldier was killed on Monday when some members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) stormed a military location in Baga town in Borno State.

The Chief of Military Public Information with the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Colonel Timothy Antigha, confirmed this in a statement.

He also said five other soldiers sustained varying injuries and have been evaluated for medical attention.

Colonel Antigha, however, noted that troops killed 10 of the insurgents, including four suicide bombers as they responded swiftly to the attack.

“What was meant to be a surprise dawn attack on Multinational Joint Task Force and national troops this morning became a nightmare for the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), as 10 of its terrorists met their waterloo in Baga,” he said.

He added, “Specifically, at about 5:30 am this morning, ISWAP terrorists numbering about 30 infested troops defensive locality.

“However, vigilant troops spotted their approach and promptly thwarted what could have been an audacious assault.”

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According to Colonel Antigha, some insurgents escaped with gunshot wounds while blood-stained tracks were observed.

He added that troops recovered arms and ammunition from other terrorists who fled in disarray.

He stressed that the MNJTF in collaboration with national forces would continue to pursue courses of action necessary for the achievement of its mandate in the Lake Chad Basin.

Troops Kill Five Insurgents In Fresh Baga Encounter

Troops Kill Five Insurgents In Fresh Baga Encounter
A file photo of troops. Source: [email protected]

 

Troops have killed five suspected members of the Boko Haram sect during a fresh encounter in Baga town of Borno State.

The Deputy Director of Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

According to him, a combined Special Forces comprising personnel of the Nigerian Army, Navy and the Air Force deployed in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in northern Borno engaged the insurgents on Saturday.

The terrorists were armed with two gun trucks, a vehicle laden with Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and a suicide bomber, Colonel Nwachukwu added.

They were said to have met their Waterloo while fighting to break into the formidable defensive position of the troops.

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Instead of penetrating, the Theatre Command’s spokesman disclosed that the troops inflicted “devastating man and equipment casualty” on the terrorists.

“The gallant troops responded swiftly in a fierce counter-offensive, unleashing superior and overwhelming firepower on the terrorists and neutralised five of them, including a driver and a gunner firing from a gun truck, a suicide bomber in a vehicle loaded with IED and two other terrorists,” Nwachukwu said.

He added that the fierce counterattack by the soldiers also led to the destruction of a gun truck and one IED-carrying vehicle owned by the insurgents.

The troops also recovered an anti-aircraft gun and three AK 47 Rifles belonging while they were in pursuit of some of the terrorists who fled the scene.

The insurgents were neutralised barely one month after troops engaged the terrorists in a fierce battle I Baga, an incident which led to the loss of lives on both sides.

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‘Victory Is Near’: Buratai Commends Troops For Dislodging Boko Haram From Baga

The Army announced on Thursday that, through its newly formed Nigerian Army Special Forces Command (NASFC), “given the terrorists that attacked troops location in Baga a bloody nose”.

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, has showered praises on soldiers for dislodging terrorists from Baga and some other areas in Borno State.

Buratai’s statement followed the announcement by the army that troops had killed several insurgents and displaced them from Baga and other places such as Cross Kauwa, Zare and Gudumbali.

“I am very delighted to receive the good news of your triumphant entry, clearing of the strategic town of Baga and neutralising the Boko Haram terrorists that tested our might some days back,” Buratai said in the statement, dated January 10.

“Your efforts and open display of gallantry, as well as patriotism that brought about this unprecedented feat, gladdened my heart, all Nigerians and indeed, peace-loving people around the world. I am very proud of you all.”

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The Chief of Army Staff also commended the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General BA Akinroluyo and Major General MG Alli who is the Commander of the newly created Nigerian Army Special Forces Command, a command he described as game-changing.

While commending the troops for their gallantry, Buratai urged them to consolidate on the progress made by relentlessly pursuing fleeing terrorists, and assured them that the authorities would play their part in the war against terror.

He said, “I would like to enjoin you to consolidate on these gains by continuous pursuit of these criminal terrorists and neutralise them to eternity. You should be more proactive and continue with the clearance operations on any known Boko Haram terrorists’ hideouts in your respective areas of responsibilities. The Nigerian Army will continue to provide all the needed support to ensure that you succeed in this noble task.

“I have directed for more replenishment and special welfare packages for you all which will be made known by your various Commanders. I want you to invoke the spirit of courage and bravery that the Nigerian military is noted for, the world over. Victory is very near. Definitely, you are the ones that will make it nearer and sweeter.”

In the last days of 2018, terrorists had launched an attack on Baga in Borno State starting a battle that lasted for days and prompting the military to start a major operation involving aerial bombardment of terrorist locations on December 28.

The operations had started in Zare, Gudumbali, Kukawa, and Cross Kauwa all in Borno.

Troops Dislodge Boko Haram From Baga, Other Areas

 

The army says troops of the 707 Special Forces Brigade have killed several terrorists belonging to the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), in northern Borno State after launching an operation to retake the towns recently invaded and occupied by the terrorists.

Army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, said in a statement that the operations commenced on December 28, 2018, in Zare, Gudumbali, Kukawa, and Cross Kauwa.

Some of the insurgents were said to have been killed at Cross Kauwa, and Monguno, where some arms and ammunition were also recovered.

The special forces later advanced Baga where they linked up with other forces and cleared the naval base and the surrounding areas.

Unfortunately, one officer and a soldier were killed, while five other soldiers sustained injuries in the process.

The army added that the troops are now focused on clearing the northern axis of Borno State axis, especially the lake chad region, in conjunction with the Nigerian air and naval forces.

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The town of Baga has been a major talking point in the military’s fight against the insurgents in the Northeast.

In April 2013, over 185 people were killed and over 2000 homes in Baga were destroyed following clashes between troops and the jihadists.

Boko Haram again attacked the town in January 2015, seizing it and the military base used by a multinational force set up to fight them.

The town was burned and the people massacred. About 2000 deaths were recorded in the attack, the largest of such massacre in Boko Haram’s history.

Some of the residents fled to nearby Chad for safety.

 

Though reports claimed that hundreds had died in the attack, the Nigerian Ministry of Defence said no more than 150 people in total had been killed, including militants.

Several government officials denied that the fatalities were as extensive as reported, with some even claiming that the massacre had never taken place or that the Nigerian military had repelled the militants from the region, a claim that was refuted by local officials, survivors, and the international media.

 

Satellite imagery taken on 2 and 7 January was released by Amnesty International showing that in Baga, which is “less than two square kilometres in size, approximately 620 structures were damaged or completely destroyed by fire.”

In Doron Baga (or Doro Gowon), located about 2.5 km away, fishing boats present on the 2nd were no longer visible, and “more than 3,100 structures were damaged or destroyed by fire affecting most of the 4 square kilometre town.”

On 27 December, Boko Haram attacked a military base in the town of Baga, killing 10 people and according to some reports, Boko Haram took over the town, however, the army has continued to assert that no town in the northeast is controlled by insurgents.

NAF Fighter Jet Destroys ISWAP Meeting Venue Near Baga

 

A building used as a meeting venue for Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, has been destroyed by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

The building being used by ISWAP fighters near Baga in Borno State was destroyed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

According to a spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the attack was carried out after “series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions confirmed that the building was being used as an assembly point by the terrorists”.

 


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Air Commodore Ibikunle said in a statement on Wednesday that the ATF “consequently dispatched a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the building”.

He said a direct hit was recorded on the target leading to significant damage to the structure and neutralization of the occupants.

NAF Aircraft Goes Missing

Ibikunle also noted on Wednesday that a combat helicopter of NAF has gone missing while providing close air support to troops of 145 Battalion at Damasak in Northern Borno State.

He said the incident occurred about 7:45 pm on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

“Details of the cause of the crash are still scanty. As soon as the details of the crash are known, they will be made available to the public,” Ibikunle said.

CDS, Service Chiefs Meet As Boko Haram War Escalates In Northeast

 

The Chief of Defense Staff, General Gabriel Olonishakin has met with the Chiefs of Army, Airforce and Naval staff at the Headquarters of the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole Maiduguri in continuation of the routine operational visit.

At the meeting, General Olonishakin commended Operation Lafiya Dole troops for their gallant defeat of rampaging insurgents in Baga and environs.

Last week a similar meeting held at the Headquarters of the Air Taskforce in Maiduguri.

Since the previous meeting, attacks had occurred spontaneously in various part of the Northeast some of which include Kareto, Katarko, Baga, Monguno, and Barma among others.

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Only the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole and principal officers attended the high-level strategic meeting where operations were reviewed vis a vis recent happenings.

Relocation of Baga Residents 

The Army has said it will coordinate a relocation operation for residents of Baga following in view of the ongoing military operations in the area.

According to a statement by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the relocation operation is to be out in conjunction with the Borno state government.

The army said it has been observed that some “unscrupulous” individuals with likely sinister motives within and outside Borno State are trying to create panic and unnecessary humanitarian problems for undisclosed reasons.

“It has come to our attention that these people are plotting to instigate the inhabitants of Bama, Dikwa and Monguno communities to abandon their communities and relocate to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps for undisclosed reasons,” the Army said.

The army urged inhabitants of the three Borno towns and the general public to discountenance all calls and remain calm.

Baga Residents To Be Relocated As Military Battles Boko Haram Terrorists

Baga Residents To Be Relocated As Military Battles Boko Haram Terrorists

 

The Army has said it will coordinate a relocation operation for residents of Baga in view of the ongoing military operations in the area.

According to a statement by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the relocation operation is to be carried out in conjunction with the Borno State government.

“Operation LAFIYA DOLE troops in conjunction with Borno State Government are working towards relocating the residents of Baga, to safer locations in view of the ongoing military operations in the area,” the statement read in part.

Colonel Nwachukwu, however, called for calm insisting that the military is in firm control.

The army said it had observed that some “unscrupulous” individuals with likely sinister motives within and outside Borno State are trying to create panic and unnecessary humanitarian problems for undisclosed reasons.

“It has come to our attention that these people are plotting to instigate the inhabitants of Bama, Dikwa and Monguno communities to abandon their communities and relocate to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps for undisclosed reasons,” the Army said.

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The army urged inhabitants of the three Borno towns and the general public to discountenance all calls and remain calm.

Colonel Onyema said that the Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, and other security agencies will shed more light on the issue in a Security Council meeting with the Borno State Government, scheduled to hold on Monday, December 31, 2018.

“We would like to further state that there is no basis for the people of Bama, Dikwa and Monguno to vacate their respective communities.

“However, Operation LAFIYA DOLE troops in conjunction with Borno State Government are working towards relocating the residents of Baga, to safer locations in view of the ongoing military operations in the area.

“Members of the public are advised to remain calm as the military is in firm control to guarantee their safety and security. We would like to warn that any attempt to cause further panic through this false alarm would be viewed very seriously,” the army spokesman said.

How Fighter Aircraft Were Used To Stop Boko Haram In Baga – NAF

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has explained the roles it played when Boko Haram insurgents attacked the Headquarters 7 Brigade Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in Baga, Borno State.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, gave the brief in a statement on Friday.

According to him, the top military base was attacked by members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Wednesday evening.

“Upon receipt of the information of the attack, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE immediately dispatched a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform along with two Mi-35M Helicopter Gunships to provide support for the troops to repel the attack,” he said.

“The NAF ISR aircraft, which was overhead the troops’ location as at 7.15pm, also worked closely with a Nigerien Air Force and another allied ISR aircraft that were also in the operation area at the time of the attack.”

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Channels Television had reported that troops of 7 Brigade were engaging Boko Haram fighters who attempted to infiltrate their location in Baga on December 26.

In an updated report, the Nigerian Army said the troops along with their Nigerian Navy counterparts put up a very determined fight to repel the attack all through the night.

It had also revealed that a Naval officer was killed during the encounter and condemned the reports that the terrorists have taken over Baga.

NAF on its part said its intervention led to the death of some insurgents engaged at isolated spots in the area.

“The ISR platforms were in contact with the ground troops and assisted in directing their fire against the terrorists, while the helicopter gunships engaged the terrorists at isolated locations destroying some of their vehicles and neutralising some fighters,” Daramola said.

He disclosed further that the ISWAP fighters carried out a similar attack on the Naval Base at Doron Baga the following morning, where the ATF provided support for the Army and Navy troops.

The Air Force spokesman said the ATF deployed two ISR platforms, two Helicopter Gunships, and two Alpha Jet aircraft to provide ISR and close air support to the troops.

He explained that the location of the terrorists was ascertained and engaged by the Alpha Jet aircraft after communication with the ground troops was established.

“The NAF and allied ISR platforms also spotted two ISWAP vehicles heading southwards from Baga and vectored the Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the vehicles, completely destroying one of them and neutralising the occupants,” the Air Commodore revealed.

He added, “In order to enhance the quality of coordination between the air and ground operations, the Theatre Commander and Maritime Component Commander were carried onboard the ISR platform during one of the flights.

“In all, the ATF conducted 20 missions in 21 sorties with a total of about 39 hours flown on 26 and 27 December in support of operations in Baga general area.”

A short video clip showing highlights of the support provided on 26 and 27 December, along with a Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) video showing parts of the successful attack on the terrorists’ vehicles was attached to the statement.

NAF said it appreciates the synergy with surface forces and regional allies in the fight against insurgency in the North East.

Army Flags Off Operation ‘Egwu Eke III’, As Battle Intensifies In Baga

 

The Nigerian Army has said that its troops are currently battling for the control of the fishing town of Baga in Kukawa local government area of Borno state.

Chief of Training and operations, Major General Lamidi Adeosun made this known in Maiduguri, during a press conference at the headquarters of the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole.

Adeosun gave the report of operations in Baga town while informing the press that the Army has flagged off its Operation “Egwu Eke” III, to intensify security operations across the nation.

He said the exercise is expected to run concurrently in the six geopolitical zones of the country in the build-up to the 2019 elections, ensuring stability in troubled areas.

Responding to questions from journalists, Adeosun denied reports that insurgents have hoisted their flag at the Headquarters of the Multi National Joint Task Force which is located in Baga town.

Adeosun, however, noted that Operation Lafiya Dole troops are currently battling for the control of Baga.

He further stressed that the army is not in total control, as they are still battling to rid Baga of the Boko Haram elements.

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Reports of Boko Haram Take Over

Boko Haram sacked two military bases in northeast Nigeria overnight as the jihadist fighters battled for control of Baga town, AFP reports.

Military sources reportedly said on Thursday that the Jihadists from the IS-supported Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) overran a naval base and a multinational joint task force (MNJTF) post in Baga after a fierce battle.

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According to the sources who spoke to AFP, fighters in several vehicles stormed Baga and engaged troops in intense fighting at the MNJTF base which hosts units from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

The insurgents also sacked a naval base in Mile 3 which lies five kilometres from Baga, a military source who asked not to be identified told AFP.

“The troops were overpowered and forced to withdraw,” the source said, adding that “the terrorists carted away gun trucks, ammunition and multiple rocket launchers from the base.”

Troops from the two bases withdrew to another naval base at Fish Dam on the shores of Lake Chad, the military source said.

Army Insists Baga Under Control Amid Reports Of Boko Haram Take Over

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The Nigerian Army has insisted that Baga is under control, even though a fierce battle with Boko Haram fighters is still in progress.

Major General Lamidi Adeosun, the Army’s Chief of Training and Operations, made this known during a press conference at the headquarters of the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole.

The Army’s statement comes amid reports that elements of the Boko Haram jihadist group had taken over Baga in Borno State.

On Wednesday, the military confirmed that one naval officer was killed as military personnel engaged the terrorists in an attack on the headquarters of 7 Brigade Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in Baga, Borno State.

At the time, the military said troops were engaging jihadists in Baga, but the details of the attack were sketchy.

In an update statement on Thursday, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman said the troops along with their Nigerian Navy counterparts put up a very determined fight to repel the attack throughout the night.

Sani, the Director of Army Public Relations, further explained that “Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE  sent in reinforcement” who went into “hot pursuit of the terrorists”.

According to the statement, a search, and rescue team was constituted, while the Nigerian Air Force had since been mobilised and were engaging the fleeing terrorists.

Reports Of Boko Haram Take Over

However, reports making the rounds had it that Boko Haram sacked two military bases overnight and its fighters were battling for control of Baga, a strategic town on Lake Chad.

Military sources were quoted by AFP as saying on Thursday that the Jihadists from the IS-supported Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) overran a naval base and a multinational joint task force (MNJTF) post in the fishing town after a fierce battle.

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According to the sources who spoke to AFP, fighters in several vehicles stormed Baga and engaged troops in intense fighting at the MNJTF base which hosts units from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

The insurgents also sacked a naval base in Mile 3 which lies five kilometres from Baga, a military source who asked not to be identified told AFP.

“The troops were overpowered and forced to withdraw,” the source, adding that “the terrorists carted away guntrucks, ammunition and multiple rocket launchers from the base.”

Troops from the two bases withdrew to another naval base at Fish Dam on the shores of Lake Chad, the military source said.

That base was well secured, and resisted several attempts by Boko Haram fighters to overrun it, the source added.

The jihadists then retreated and the troops decided not to pursue them to avoid running into an ambush, a strategy Boko Haram often employs against the military, the officer said.

Boko Haram has repeatedly struck military outposts in the region in recent months.

 

Naval Officer Killed As Military Repels Boko Haram Attack On Brigade Headquarters In Baga

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One Naval officer has been killed as military personnel engaged Boko Haram fighters who attacked the headquarters of 7 Brigade Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in Baga, Borno State.

The Nigerian Army had on Wednesday reported that its troops were engaging jihadists in Baga, however, the details of the incident at the time were sketchy.

In an update statement on Thursday by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, the army said the troops along with their Nigerian Navy counterparts put up a very determined fight to repel the attack throughout the night.

The Army spokesman further informed that “Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE  sent in reinforcement” who went into “hot pursuit of the terrorists”.

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According to the statement by Sani, the Director of Army Public Relations, a search, and rescue team has been constituted.

He said the Nigerian Air Force component has been mobilised and are engaging the fleeing terrorists.

“Unfortunately, a naval personnel was killed in action. So far, no further details of casualties yet as efforts are ongoing to clear the terrorists hiding in Baga and environs,” he added.

The Army enjoined all to remain calm “as the troops conduct clearance and mop up operations”.

It also implored members of the general public to disregard any contrary information circulating on the attack, adding “we will keep you posted with development on the pursuit and mop up operations”.

 

Troops Engage Boko Haram Fighters In Baga

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The Nigerian Army said late on Wednesday that its troops were engaging some Boko Haram fighters within the Baga region of Borno state.

In statements made via Twitter and Facebook, the Army said, “Troops of 7 Brigade Baga are currently engaging and neutralizing BHTs who attempted to infiltrate their location in Baga”.

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