Air Force Intercepts Boko Haram Logistics Supply

air forceThe Nigerian Air Force says it has Intercepted and destroyed two trailers suspected to be carrying logistics support to members of the Boko Haram sect.

The Nigerian Air Force in a statement by its spokesman, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, explained that Air Force Agusta helicopter on armed reconnaissance mission around the Nigeria-Cameroon border, destroyed the trailers said to have been covered and parked at different locations in the bush around the border town of Belel.

Greatly Strained Supply

The incident is part of the outcome of the recent air operation commanded by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to provide close air support to ground forces led by the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, as they advance from Dikwa to Gamboru Ngala.

He added that one of the attack helicopters was hit during the operation, leaving one of the main rotor blades damaged, but the pilot was able to successfully fly the helicopter back to base to land.

In July, the Air Force says its patrol and surveillance activities have succeeded in blocking routes through which petroleum products and other materials are supplied to the Boko Haram sect.

Also, the Director, Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Dele Alonge, said patrols along the Nigeria-Cameroon borders “have greatly strained the supply efforts of the Boko Haram terrorists”.

Nigerian Army Recaptures Dikwa Town In Borno State

DikwaThe Dikwa township in Borno State, northeast Nigeria has been recaptured and that is according to the Army in the state.

Spokesperson for the 7th Division, Colonel Tukur Gusau, told a news conference that the Army engaged the bandits in a fire exchange, in the ongoing military offensive, and Dikwa has finally been liberated.

Combined efforts of the Nigerian Air Force alpha jet and surveillance aircraft paved the way for the Army to move in and occupy the community.

The Nigerian soldiers also recovered caches of ammunition, in addition to killing some of the Boko Haram insurgents.

“Our troops killed at least 20 Islamist terrorists during a fierce battle with them. We succeeded in recapturing Dikwa town from them.

“I can tell that our troops are in control of Dikwa and beyond. Boko Haram fighters are not in control of any of our territory, and the operations continue.” Colonel Gusau said.

Chadian President Says Shekau’s Whereabouts Known

Chadian President Chadian President, Idriss Deby on Wednesday said that he knew the whereabouts of Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the militant group Boko Haram, and further called on him to surrender or risk being killed.

Chad’s army, as part of a cross-border military campaign, has waged a series of battles against Boko Haram, that helped recover territories the militant group held captive in north-east Nigeria.

Speaking to journalists after a regional meeting, Deby said “‎Abubakar Shekau must surrender. We know where he is. If he doesn’t give himself up, he will suffer the same fate as his compatriots.” he told a news conference after a regional meeting.

The Chadian President also said Shekau was in Dikwa (a town in north-eastern Nigeria held by Boko Haram) two days earlier before the regional meeting, stating that he managed to get away but he (Deby) knew his whereabouts, and later stressed that “it is in his interests to surrender”.

Military, Allied Forces In Battle With Boko Haram

militaryFierce fighting is on going between the Nigerian military, the Allied Forces and Boko Haram terrorists in the Mungulo Baga Area of Borno State, north east Nigeria.

Reports say that the militants relaunched attack in Dikwa, Baga and Mungulo in the early hours of Wednesday.

Eyewitness reports says the Allied Forces are repelling the militants, who have suffered very high casualty.

In the last few weeks, the terrorist made efforts to take over the 6th Battalion in the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri twice, but the military repelled both attacks.

While some Nigeria Army officers are being tried by a military court martial for allegedly fleeing while fighting the terrorists in Baga, some have been withdrawn to allow new faces fight the terrorists.

 

 

Nine Dead As JTF Foils Attack On Goniri Community

Chris OlukoladeNine people have been confirmed dead after an attempt by a group of terrorists to penetrate and attack Goniri Community in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State was today (Monday) foiled by troops on patrol in the area.

This is according to a statement by the Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade.

Olukolade revealed that “rockets and machine guns were freely used by the terrorists who eventually lost over 8 of their fighters with several others wounded” adding that “arms were also captured from the terrorists while others fled.

“The troops, however, lost a soldier, while an officer was seriously wounded in the encounter” the statement regretted.

The statement added, “troops are still in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists’ elements after the encounter which resulted in some casualties on both parties”.

Goniri is not far from Buni Yadi where the terrorists killed school children recently.

Meanwhile, troops operating around Gamboru-Ngala and Dikwa Local Government Area towards the borders of Chad and Cameroon recovered weapons hidden by terrorists who were dislodged from the area.

Assisted by captured terrorists, the troops were led to the sites where arms have been hidden in farms and cemeteries.

The statement also noted that the cordon and search operation on the entire area was still in progress.

Nigerian Troops Surround French Family’s Kidnappers- Source

Nigerian security forces surrounded the kidnappers of a French family in Northeast Borno state on Thursday in an operation to rescue the hostages, a Nigerian military source said.

French, Nigerian and Cameroonian officials earlier denied French media reports that the family, who were seized in Cameroon and taken over the border, had been freed.

The Nigerian military located the hostages and kidnappers between Dikwa and Ngala in the far northeast, the military source in Borno said, asking not to be identified.

Dikwa is less than 80 km (50 miles) from the border with Cameroon where the three adults and four children were taken hostage on Tuesday.

A senior Cameroonian military official declined to comment saying the matter was too sensitive.

Citing a Cameroon army officer, French media reported earlier on Thursday that the hostages had been found alive in a house in northern Nigeria.

“This is a crazy rumour that we cannot confirm. We do not know where is it coming from,” Cameroon Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary told Reuters by telephone from the capital Yaounde.

“What is certain is that the French tourists who were abducted are no longer on our territory. However, we are in touch with the Government of Nigeria to intensify measures to continue the search for them along our common border,” he said.

French gendarmes backed by special forces arrived in northern Cameroon on Wednesday to help locate the family, a local governor and French defence ministry official said.

Nigerian military spokesman Sagir Musa earlier also said the report on France’s BFM television of the hostages being released was “not true,” while Didier Le Bret, the head of the French foreign ministry’s crisis centre, said the information was “baseless.”

The abduction was the first case of foreigners being seized in the mostly Muslim north of Cameroon, a former French colony.

But the region – like others in West and North Africa with porous borders – is considered within the operational sphere of Boko Haram and fellow Nigerian Islamist militants Ansaru.

On Sunday, seven foreigners were snatched from the compound of Lebanese construction company Setraco in northern Nigeria’s Bauchi state, and Ansaru took responsibility.

Northern Nigeria is increasingly afflicted by attacks and kidnappings by Islamist militants. Ansaru, which rose to prominence only in recent months, has claimed the abduction in December of a French national who is still missing.

Three foreigners were killed in two failed rescue attempts last year after being kidnapped in northern Nigeria and Ansaru, blamed for those kidnaps, warned this could happen again.

The threat to French nationals in the region has grown since France deployed thousands of troops to Mali to oust al Qaeda-linked Islamists who controlled the country’s north.

The kidnapping in Cameroon brought to 15 the number of French citizens being held in West Africa.