Army Frees 567, Clears Boko Haram Purported Spiritual Headquarters

Boko HaramThe Nigerian Army has cleared Boko Haram terrorists from Alagarno, a Borno village notorious as their purported spiritual headquarters.

The conquest followed weeks of coordinated clearance operations between ground forces and the Nigerian Airforce in adjourning villages.

Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, said in a news conference in Maiduguri that 567 civilians held hostage were also freed and several weapons recovered.

The commander said troops in the theatre have been conducting clearing operations on a daily basis aimed at destroying the terrorists still staying in some local government areas and rescue people still in  captivity.

Troops of 81 task force battalion conducted preliminary operations in Boko Haram camps in Kumala, Dole, Kumasi and Moudire villages all around the fringes before launching into Alagarno.

The 27 Task Force Brigade, according to the General, also conducted series of operations leading to the recovery of an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) snatched by the terrorists July last year.

The APC now unserviceable and partially burnt by fleeing insurgents was discovered near a riverbed in Bolgore and has since been moved to an unknown destination in Yobe State.

Irabor maintained that the purported online video clip in circulation showing a remorseful Boko Haram commander making a dying testimony does not have any influence on Operation Lafiya Dole as according to him “our gallant troops are determined to completely wipe out all terrorists from our country.”

The Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole also sent out a warning to repentant Boko Haram members hoping to filter into liberated towns where locals are returning to reintegrate back into their communities.

He also warned returning locals against harbouring and giving criminals cover, while advising repentant terrorists to turn themselves in to security operatives.
“Report yourself to the security agencies and the process would be followed. The assurance I am giving to every one of them is that they would be humanely treated in accordance with the best practices which is a component of our rules of engagement.” Irabor said.

Kumshe, Kalabalge, Mainati, Yoyo and Kikinuwa are among villages listed by the theatre commander as successfully captured by home troops in conjunction with the Multinational Joint Task Force with little resistance from the weakened terrorists.

Troops Kill Seven Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists

soldiers and officers attacking Boko Haram terroristsTroops of Seven Brigade have ambushed and killed seven suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Dawashi in the early hours of Sunday, a spokesman for the Army has said.

Colonel Sani Usman said that the troops laid in wait at the terrorists suspected crossing point engaging them on sight, killing seven of them.

Items Recovered

Items recovered from the operation include one Peugeot Station Wagon loaded with 2,010 litres of Premium Motor Spirit packed in 67 Jerri cans, uniforms and Improvised Explosive making Devices (IEDs).

Other items recovered include, dry cell batteries, one AK-47 rifle, tools and fish.

Meanwhile Troops of 25 Task Force Brigade also ambushed and killed a Boko Haram terrorist suicide bomber at Kumala and Musafanari villages’ general area last night.

Mr Usman said that the troops, who on receipt of information, laid an ambush for the terrorist at suspected Boko Haram terrorists crossing point, engaged the terrorist who was obviously on suicide mission, from the Sambisa general area.

The troops recovered a motorcycle, 12 primed Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and a hand bag containing personal effects which included a hijab obviously meant for disguise and concealment of explosives for the intended nefarious act.

Troops Kill Suspected Boko Haram Suicide Bomber

Suicide Bomber Troops of 25 Task Force Brigade ambushed and killed a Boko Haram terrorist suicide bomber at Kumala and Musafanari villages’ general area.

According to the army, the operation which took place on Saturday led to the saving of lives and property of some residents of the area.

A military spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said the troops, after receiving a tipoff, laid an ambush for the terrorist at suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ crossing point, engaged the terrorist who was obviously on suicide mission, from Sambisa general area.

“The suicide bomber paid the price of his wicked activities as he was dealt with decisively.

“The troops recovered a motorcycle, 12 primed Improvised Explosive Devices and a hand bag containing personal effects which included a hijab obviously meant for disguise and concealment of explosives for the intended nefarious act,” he said.

The army spokesman further reassured Nigerians that the morale of the troops had remained high, as they continue to mop up all surviving terrorists.