Troops Kill Boko Haram Members Planning Attack On Bita Village

Vehicle recovered from Boko HaramThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in a combined effort with the ground troops of the Nigerian Army, successfully repelled an attack on Bita village by the Boko Haram terrorist group, a military official said on Sunday.

The Nigerian Air Force, using its Alpha-Jet, provided combat air support to the ground force to attack the insurgents where they were observed to be mopping up to carry out a deadly attack on the village.

Consequently, a large number of the insurgents were killed and several others were injured.

Thereafter, the NAF A-Jet conducted an armed reconnaissance along Bita-Gwoza road and through Yamtege, Hamdaga, Dure and Pulka.

In a statement, the spokesman for the Air Force, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, said that the NAF would continue to give all necessary support to the ground force through its intensified and persistent efforts in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East “until all portions of Nigerian soil is safe and free from the insurgents”.

Counter terrorism operations have continued in the north-eastern part of the oil-rich nation against the Boko Haram insurgents, trying to bring an end to western education and establish an Islamic State in the region.

The crisis has displaced over 1.5 million persons, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Nigerian Army Recaptures More Towns, Assures On Security

ArmyThe Nigerian troops supported by the Air Force, fighting the Boko Haram insurgents, have recaptured the towns of Bita, Izge, Yamteke and Uba in Askira and Damboa Local Government Areas of Borno State.

A press statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Usman Kukasheka, said that this was a last push to capture Sambisa forest which has been a major stronghold of the terrorists.

He said one soldier died in the encounter while ten others sustained injuries. Similarly, many of the Boko Haram terrorists were killed and recoveries were made.

The Nigerian Army has also enjoined all Nigerians to remain law abiding and continue to discharge their civic obligation of voting for the candidates of their choice without any fear.

The Army gave this charge ahead of Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections, for which they have reassured the public that their security is guaranteed.

Col. Kukasheka directed all formations to remain vigilant and act within the law to prevent any attempt to endanger the lives of Nigerians wherever they may be.

He also called on all Army personnel on election duties to discharge their duties professionally and within the confines of election duties and code of conduct of the military.