Troops Kill 20 Terrorists, Destroy Ammunition In Lake Chad Region


Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and national forces have neutralized over 20 terrorists operating around Arege, Malkonory and Tumbum Rego general area of Lake Chad region.

The operation which occurred in the early hours on Tuesday against Islamic State terrorists got more success after troops recovered and destroyed several gun trucks, arms and ammunition.

In a statement by the Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, Colonel Timothy Antigha, four personnel sustained injuries, but are receiving treatment.

In continuation of the ongoing offensive operations to oust Islamic State terrorists from the Lake Chad Area, troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in conjunction with national forces, in an early morning raid today, neutralized over 20 terrorists operating around Arege, Malkonory and Tumbum Rego general area.

Similarly, several gun trucks, arms and ammunition, as well as a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device, which was meant to disrupt troops advance was also destroyed.”

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He added that; unfortunately, 4 personnel of the MNJTF were wounded during the firefight and have been evacuated for urgent medical attention.

He urged continuous support and solidarity of the good people of the Lake Chad Region and the MNJTF remains committed to delivering the mandate of the force.

Boko Haram: MNJTF Commences Operation Yancin Tafki

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The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), comprised of troops from Cameroon, Chad, Niger Republic and Nigeria has commenced a military operation codenamed Operation YANCIN TAFKI.

According to a statement by its spokesman, Colonel Timothy Antigha, the MNJTF said the new operation is in response of recent Boko Haram Terrorists’ operation from the northern fringes of the Lake Chad Basin exploited gaps within defensive positions, which have since been blocked, to attack positions in Arege, Metele, Baga and other settlements within the locality.

The MNJTF said as a logical follow up to the atrocious and cowardly attack on defenceless civilians and their property, the operation YANCIN TAFKI is to take the battle to the remaining last hideouts of Boko Haram Terrorists within the designated area of responsibility of the MNJTF and subsequently rout the terrorists.

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It would be recalled that a couple of months ago, a summit of the Heads of States and Governments of states of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, chaired by President Mohammadu Buhari, met in N’Djamena, Chad, to fine tune bilateral engagements aimed at dealing with the Boko Haram problem.

“This operation is therefore expected to give concrete and far-reaching expressions to the resolutions of that summit,” Colonel Antigha said.

He also spoke about the role of the media and the challenges of effective coverage and reportage of conflicts, especially in the age of fake news.

The MNJTF spokesman said, “the Force is confident that the media in the affected countries will remain resolute and committed to professionalism and the common goal of eliminating terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin, as well as the stabilization of the area for the millions of its inhabitants currently displaced”.