JTF Kills 17 Boko Haram Members In Borno

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State has launched attacks on two separate camps allegedly belonging to Boko Haram members in the state, killing 17 of the sect members.

A statement issued on Friday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital by the JTF spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, revealed that the two special operations supported by the Nigerian Air force Helicopter gunship were aimed at dislodging Boko Haram members from their hideouts.

The operations were carried out in Sambisa Game Reserve of Bama Local Government Area and the Farin-Ruwa forest in the south-west/east of Demboa Local Government Areas of the state.

A member of the JTF was reportedly killed during the operations which lasted between Wednesday and Thursday 30th and 31st of January 2013.

According to the statement, the fundamentalists had training facilities, armoury, accommodation, drug/medical store, kitchen, vehicle holding area, and latrine as well as water point on the camps.

The camps were said to have been used to conduct trainings before carrying out recent attacks, killings and bombings in Maiduguri, Musari, Konduga, Biu, Bama, and Demboa communities.

Efforts by JTF troops to destroy the camps led to the death of the 18 people as the camps were completely destroyed and are now being monitored by the troops.

The statement also reveals that six AK 47 rifles, two G3 rifles, three pistols, one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) and 20 RPG charges were recovered from the areas.

Others items recovered include:  two double barrel rifles, 2,543 assorted rounds of ammunition, 33 assorted magazines, three laptops, 10 assorted Motorola walker talkies, 20 telephone handsets , 40 assorted prime IED canisters as well as a generator set.

The statement urged the public to continue to partner with the JTF by giving useful and timely information in the search for lasting peace in the state and the country at large.

JTF claimed it can be reached on 08064174066, 08154429346 and 07064174066.

The operation is coming two days after the some Boko Haram members called for a ceasefire that will end the hardship faced by women and children in its insurgency.

They also asked for the reconstruction of the destroyed mosque of their former leader, Mohammed Yusuf as well as the release of detained members of the sect in various prisons across the country.

5 People Beheaded In Maiduguri

The Nigeria Police has come out to announce the death of five people in an attack by Islamists in Maiduguri, yesterday.

Two witnesses, who asked not to be named, said they heard cries for help at around 2:30 a.m. from a house in the Jiddari Polo area of Maiduguri and later saw five dead bodies with what looked like machete wounds.

“Five people were slaughtered today but we can’t say who did it because they fled before security personnel arrived,” police spokesman Gabriel Jibrin said by phone.

Separately, residents and a Reuters witness said they heard a loud explosion and around 30 minutes of gunfire in the town, close to borders with Niger and Chad.

Military and police said it was too early to give any details on any casualties from the explosion and gun battle.

This is the third attack by the terrorists in the region, this week.

Gunmen suspected of being members of Boko Haram killed 13 local hunters who sell bush meat Islamist militants disapprove of on Monday.

Suspected members of the Islamist sect riding on motorbikes shot dead five people playing an outdoor board game on Tuesday. Two others were wounded.

Gunmen Kill 23 In Kano And Borno

Gunmen killed 23 people in northern Nigeria in attacks that appeared to target gamblers and people selling ‘forbidden’ meat that Islamist militants disapprove of, officials and locals said yesterday.

In the deadliest attack, late on Monday, gunmen opened fire at a market in the town of Damboa in Borno state North East Nigeria, targeting local hunters who sell bush meat from animals such as monkeys and pigs, which strict Muslims are forbidden to eat, a local official said.

“Gunmen suspected to be members of BH (Islamist sect Boko Haram) came to the town market and shot dead 13 local hunters on the spot while five others died from their injuries at the hospital,” Alhaji Abba Ahmed said. “They came to the market in a Volkswagen Golf car, carried out the operation and left.”

In a separate attack in the north’s biggest city of Kano, some 500 km (310 miles) west of Damboa, on Tuesday, suspected Boko Haram members riding on motorbikes shot dead five people playing an outdoor board game, witnesses and a hospital source who received the bodies said. Two others were wounded.

Damboa is in the remote northeast, the sect’s heartland near the borders with Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

President Goodluck Jonathan told Reuters in Geneva on Tuesday that tackling global jihadists is in Nigeria’s interest because of the links between its Islamists and those in the desert states to the north, like Mali. An Islamist group known as Ansarudine, which has been blamed for abducting and killing Westerners, claimed responsibility for an attack on Nigerian troops heading to Mali on Sunday that killed two officers.

Militants have killed several hundred people in the past three years in a campaign to impose sharia, Islamic law, on Nigeria. Their targets include the security forces and churches, although they have killed more Muslims than Christians.

Gunmen also fired on the convoy of Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero in Kano on Saturday, killing six people.