Insurgents Flee, Abandon Gun Trucks After Failed Ambush

 

 

The Nigerian Army says it has recorded another success in the ongoing onslaught against Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State, north-east Nigeria.

A statement from the Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, on Tuesday disclosed that the feat was made by troops of 153 Task Force Battalion deployed at New Marte.

Colonel Iliyasu explained that the soldiers had embarked on fighting patrol to Dikwa to hunt and destroy remnants of Boko Haram criminals in the area in the early hours of Monday.

Incidentally, the troops were said to have encountered an ambush staged against them by the insurgents along the patrol route at Ala Village, some 7km away from New Marte.

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‘Confused Fighters’

According to the media coordinator, the ambush was reinforced with a crudely prepared Improvised Explosive Device planted against the troops.

He said rather than getting discouraged by the sudden attack on them, the troops turned around the initial setback and dealt a devastating blow on their attackers.

“Having so clearly asserted their superiority in the ensuing firefight, the criminal insurgents were forced to flee in disarray.

“The gallant troops then embarked on a relentless pursuit of the scampering insurgents who abandoned some of their fighting equipment in utter confusion,” Colonel Iliyasu.

He noted that the operation was conducted barely two weeks after some Boko Haram fighters suffered a tactical boomerang when a sizeable number of them were killed and many others injured as they mistakenly stepped on the same improvised explosive device that they had earlier planted against soldiers.

The army media coordinator revealed that at the end of the pursuit and exploitation, two gun trucks, two anti-aircraft guns, and 2,080 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition were recovered by troops.

Other items recovered are 26 rounds of 12.7 mm armor-piercing incendiary ammunition, three AK 47 rifles, six rounds of 12.7 mm (belted), one AOJOE motorcycle, as well as some clothes, foodstuff, and mechanical tools belonging to the insurgents.

Colonel Iliyasu said most of the insurgents were believed to have escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds while troops have continued to dominate the area with patrols.

In his reaction, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, commended the troops for their gallantry, saying the army would accomplish its constitutional mandate professionally and responsively for a secured Nigeria.

He also thanked all well-meaning Nigerians for their support, goodwill, and understanding towards personnel of the force as they tackle the security challenges confronting the nation.

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NAF Jets Track Down Fleeing Terrorists In Borno

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Troops of 89 and 97 task force battalions of sector 3, backed by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole have reportedly inflicted heavy losses on the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) at Mallam Fatori in the northern part of Borno state.

A statement from the Nigerian Air Force says the terrorists were routed in a joint counteroffensive operation on Wednesday the following intelligence reports on the movement ISWAP fighters in some gun trucks towards the troops’ location.

The ATF immediately scrambled two attack aircraft to provide close air support for the ground troops as they engaged the terrorists.

According to the statement, the combined intensive fire targetting the terrorists from the air and on the ground forced them to retreat.

However, two gun trucks belonging to the insurgents were destroyed in the first wave, while the attack platforms also tracked the fleeing terrorists, immobilizing two more gun trucks and killing some of the escaping fighters.

NAF Kills ISWAP Terrorists, Destroys Hideout In Borno

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The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) says it has destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists’ hideout at Arrinna Ciki on the fringes of the Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State.

NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed in a statement on Tuesday that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole also killed some ISWAP fighters during the bombardment.

“This was accomplished through air strikes conducted on 1 and 2 November 2019, sequel to intelligence reports indicating that the terrorists were using the settlement as a staging area to launch attacks against own forces,” he said.

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Daramola explained that the airstrike on November 1 was initiated when a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, on a confirmatory reconnaissance mission, spotted some ISWAP vehicles under some trees in the area.

Accordingly, the ATF scrambled its fighter jets to attack the location, recording successful strikes to immobilise the vehicles.

The NAF spokesman revealed that a follow-up attack was executed the next day after significant activity was observed in another part of the settlement.

This, according to him, occasioned the detailing of attack aircraft to engage the identified areas, resulting in the destruction of some terrorists’ structures and the killing of some of their fighters.

“The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the North-East,” the air commodore stated.

Military Hands Over 86 Boko Haram Child Fighters To Borno Govt

 

The Operation Safe Corridor (OPSC) has handed over 86 Boko Haram child fighters who voluntarily surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to the Borno State Rehabilitation Centre in Bulumkutu.

The Acting Director of Defence Information, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Thursday.

He explained that this was in an effort to ensure that minors and other repentant Boko Haram fighters in the North East were given the necessary support and opportunity to embrace peace through the auspices of OPSC.

“Following the handover, the repentant child fighters would undergo comprehensive Child Care Programme sponsored and organised by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in conjunction with Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development,” he said.

According to Nwachukwu, the handover ceremony was witnessed by the Borno State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Zuwaira Gambo, and a UNICEF official, Mr Clement Adams, among others.

Gambo and Adams congratulated the repentant children for laying down their arms and urged them to take advantage of the Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) programme to turn a new leaf and abandon the senseless struggle.

 

The spokesman for the Defence Headquarters noted that the minors were considered suitable for the six months DRR programme after thorough profiling and screening.

He also revealed that arrangement was ongoing to transfer another set of 500 repentant insurgents to OPSC for the programme.

OPSC is a military-led non-kinetic multi-national and multi-agency humanitarian operation conducted in tandem with extant international humanitarian laws to encourage willing and repentant Boko Haram terrorists in the North East to shun violent extremism.

It is designed to also deradicalise, rehabilitate and reintegrate repentant Boko Haram combatants who willingly surrender to troops.

The operation, according to Nwachukwu, is a global model that enjoys collaboration and support from local and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), as well as multi-national organisations such as UNICEF, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department for International Development (DFID), Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), and North East Regional Initiative (NERI).

He conveyed the call by the military to willing Boko Haram insurgents to abandon the “futile struggle” and surrender to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.

The DHQ spokesman gave assurance that those who voluntarily surrender to troops would be guaranteed safety and benefit from the DRR programme.

He said the military remains committed to strict adherence to the rules of engagement and other extant laws, especially as it relates to minors in conflict situations.

NAF Kills ISWAP Fighters, Destroys Hideout In Borno

 

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its fighter planes have destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) hideout at Arrinna Ciki on the fringes of the Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State.

NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Sunday.

He explained that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole carried out the airstrikes between Friday and Saturday, leading to the death of some ISWAP fighters.

According to Daramola, these follow intelligence reports that the insurgents were using the settlement as a staging area to launch attacks on security forces.

He noted that the airstrike on Friday was initiated after a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, on confirmatory reconnaissance mission spotted some ISWAP vehicles under some trees in the area.

The NAF spokesman said, “Accordingly, the ATF scrambled its fighter jets to attack the location, recording successful strikes to immobilise the vehicles.”

“Similarly, a follow-up attack was executed on 2 November after significant activity was observed in another part of the settlement.

“This occasioned the detailing of attack aircraft to engage the identified areas resulting in the destruction of some terrorists’ structures as well as the neutralisation of some of their fighters,” he added.

NAF, according to the air commodore, will sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the North-east while operating in concert with surface forces.

NAF Jets Kill ‘Several Terrorists’ In Borno Community

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says its jets have killed several terrorists at Bukar Meram community in Borno State.

NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement sent to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He noted that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya conducted the operation in continuation of the sustained onslaught against terrorist elements in the north-east region of the country.

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According to Daramola, several Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters were killed at Bukar Meram on the fringes of Lake Chad in the northern part of the state.

“The operation was executed yesterday, 21 October 2019, based on credible intelligence reports that indicated a resumption of the use of the location to provide logistics support to the terrorists, using fishing activities as a cover.

“Accordingly, the ATF dispatched its attack aircraft to engage designated areas within the settlement,” the Air Commodore said in the statement.

He added that before the strikes, over 35 terrorists were observed within the area of interest.

The attack aircraft, Daramola stated, subsequently engaged the location in successive passes, recording accurate hits on the target area.

He said this led to the neutralisation of several ISWAP fighters as well as the destruction of some of the structures.

The air force spokesman affirmed that NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the North-east.

NAF Kills Several Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno

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The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE (Nigerian Air Force) has destroyed a Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) meeting venue and neutralised several of their fighters at Ngoske on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

The attack was executed today, 18 October 2019, following successive days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, which were aimed at identifying locations housing the BHTs’ leadership as well as their rendezvous positions.

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A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigeria Air Force, Ibikunle Daramola, explained that Intelligence derived from the ISR missions led to the designation of 2 buildings within Ngoske that served as assembly areas for the terrorists from where they launch attacks against own troops positions and innocent civilians.

“Accordingly, the ATF detailed its ground attack aircraft to engage the hideout, scoring devastatingly accurate hits which led to the complete destruction of the 2 buildings as well as the neutralization of several terrorists.

“The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the Northeast”.

 

Air Force Bombs Boko Haram ‘Meeting Venue’ In Borno

A file photo of NAF helicopter.

 

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has decimated a location being used by Boko Haram terrorists as a meeting venue at Boboshe area on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

According to him, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole conducted the attack on Sunday, following successive days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, coupled with human intelligence reports.

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Daramola explained that the reports established that a building within the settlement was being used as a rendezvous by the insurgents, where their commanders assemble to take instructions before launching attacks against military troops and innocent civilians.

“Accordingly, the ATF detailed its fighter aircraft to attack the hideout, scoring accurate hits within the designated area leading to the decimation of the target structure.

“Several BHTs were also killed as a result of the strikes,” the statement said.

NAF vowed to sustain its efforts while working with surface forces to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the north-east region of the country.

Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack On Military Base In Borno

 

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Civilian Joint Task Force have repelled an attack on a military base in Tungushe area of Borno State.

The insurgents reportedly attacked the military base, where the military engaged them in a battle in which the assailants suffered some casualty.

Channels Television learned that the fleeing insurgents had snatched a gun truck on their way out, it is not clear if the truck had occupants or what had happened to them.

The insurgents reportedly proceeded to the next military location in Gajiganna where they met stiff resistance and were denied access, forcing them to retreat.

It is not clear how many casualties were recorded as the insurgents’ retrieved bodies of their co-fighters while retreating from superior firepower, according to sources.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the 7 Division, Colonel Ado Isa, said he is not aware of any such attack and as such could not give any more details.

Insurgents Attack Borno Town As NASS Members Visit State

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Suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have attack Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State.

The attack took place on Thursday while a joint committee of the National Assembly on the Army visited the state.

The insurgents had stormed the town in the evening and started shooting sporadically, a situation that threw residents into panic.

Sources at the Theatre Command Headquarters told Channels Television that an enforcement team was quickly deployed in the town by Operation Lafiya Dole to combat the terrorists.

According to them, the Air Component of Lafiya Dole was unable to provide air support on account of “bad weather”.

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The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Brigadier General Abdul-Khalifa Ibrahim, also confirmed the attack.

He, however, said troops repelled the attack as the military was fully on the ground engaging the predators.

Brigadier General Ibrahim added that details of the operation were sketchy as the clearance operation was ongoing.

Gubio, located some 84 kilometres north of Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno, has been severally targeted by insurgents in recent times.

The latest attack occurred while the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, Brigadier General Ibrahim, as well as other principal officers of the operation received the National Assembly delegation.

The lawmakers led by chairmen of the committees in both Senate and House of Representatives chambers, Senator Ali Ndume and Honorable Abdulrazak Namdas, had received a guided tour of some military locations before a meeting at the headquarters of the Theatre Command.

At the meeting, the Theatre Commander demanded a functional embedded Army Aviation Wing and helicopters.

He was confident that if such was provided, the Boko Haram war would end “in less than three months.”

Major General Adeniyi also told the committee that only a militarised aviation can provide the required firepower for ground troops to launch offensive attacks in the enemy’s territories.

Troops Rescue 27 Persons, Arrest Nine Suspected Boko Haram Spies

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Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 27 persons displaced by insurgents in multiple clearance operations in Borno state.

According to a statement by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the first clearance was carried out by Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre, troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with troops of Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole and elements of Nigerian Army Super Camp 4 along Goni Gambomi, Kadamari, Melim, Gondori and Jantilu in Kaga LGA of Borno State.

Colonel Iliyasu said that the troops rescued 15 persons, comprising eight adult males, one adult female, and six children, who after interrogation, revealed that they spent 3 days wandering in the bush trying to link up with any community where they could find succour.

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He added that they are currently undergoing profiling and subsequent integration into IDP Camps.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that they spent 3 days wandering in the bush trying to link up with any community where they could find succour.

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“They were promptly evacuated and the adult females and children were handed over to NYSC IDP Camp while the adult males were handed over to 7 Military Intelligence Brigade for profiling and subsequent integration into the IDP Camp.”

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Similarly, the statement added that another batch of 12 locals was rescued by troops of 82 Division Task Force Battalion at Strong Response Area while conducting clearance operations.

“In the same vein, troops of 82 Div Task Force Battalion at Strong Response Area Ngoshe while conducting clearance operations in Ngoshe and Pulka general area in Gwoza LGA of Borno State also rescued 12 locals. Among them were 2 female adults and 10 children.

“They were later screened, documented and handed over to officials of the International Organization for Migrants at Pulka IDP Camp,” the statement added.

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The Army spokesman further revealed that troops conducted a Positive Identification operation at various Check Points and Crossing Points and arrested 9 male suspected spies.

“Similarly, troops while acting on information arrested 9 male suspects in a hamlet in Mainok general area. A preliminary investigation indicates that suspects are Boko Haram criminals’ spies. Suspects are currently undergoing further interrogation.”

Troops Ambush Terrorists, Kill Three Insurgents In Borno

 

Following credible information from some patriotic Nigerians about terrorists movement along Banki Road Junction, Pulka in Gwoza general area, troops of Special Response Area (SRA) Pulka under the Nigerian Army Super Camp Gwoza, in collaboration with Civilian Joint Task Force conducted a successful night ambush on Thursday 3rd October 2019.

The ambush resulted in the neutralization of 3 terrorists, recovery of 2 AK 47 Rifles and 2 motor cycles. Unconfirmed number of terrorists were reportedly wounded during the ambush. There is no casualty on the Nigerian Army or Civilian JTF.

According to the army spokesman, Colonel Ado Isa, items recovered by troops include 2 X AK 47 rifles and 2 X bicycles.

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Similarly, at about 2250 hours on 3rd October 2019, in what seems like a repraisal attack to avenge the lost of their members in the ambush conducted by the troops, some marauders/criminals woefully attacked the Delta Company Location of the SRA at Pulka.

Consequently, troops swiftly responded by effectively repelling the attack, one bandit lost his life and one Ak 47 rifle was recovered. No casualty was recorded by the Civ JTF or the troops.

The Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division and Commander Sector 1 Operation LAFIYA DOLE Brigadier General AK Ibrahim was in SRA Pulka where he interacted with the troops, commended them for the successes so far and urged them to remain committed and unwavering in the struggle to end the insurgency soon.