MNJTF Kills 13 Boko Haram Terrorists, Recovers Three Gun Trucks

 

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) says it has successfully conducted a multi-sector link up operation involving troops from Nigeria, Chad, and the Niger Republic.

A statement by the Force’s Chief of Military Public Information, Colonel Timothy Antigha, said the Boko Haram terrorists suffered severe human and equipment losses during the operation conducted on Friday.

It explained that this was in continuation of Operation Yancin Tafki in Arege, Metele and Duguri as troops of Sector 3 (Nigeria) and Sector 2 (Chad) linked up with their counterparts in Sector 4 (Niger) around the Kamadougou River.

“13 terrorists were killed, while many others sustained injuries,” the statement said, adding that three gun trucks were captured while another gun truck and three motorcycles were burnt.

The terrorists, according to MNJTF, also lost three anti- airguns and several rounds of assorted ammunition among other items.

However, three security personnel were wounded in action during the operation and have been airlifted by the Nigerian Air Task Force.

They were received in N’Djamena by the Deputy Force Commander, Brigadier General Nouma Melingui, on behalf of the Force Commander, Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf.

“The wounded soldiers have been stabilised and are responding to treatment,” the statement added.

MNJTF Kills Several ISWAP Terrorists, Destroys Equipment In Borno

 

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has killed several ISWAP terrorists and destroyed their equipment including weapons, ammunition and logistics in Tumbum Rego, northern Borno.

The incident occurred on Saturday as the terrorists were preparing to launch an offensive on the troops.

In a statement by the Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, N’Djamena – Chad, Colonel Timothy Antigha, says Battle damage assessment has indicated that the air interdiction had a devastating impact, as pockets of ISWAP build up and logistics hidden under trees in Tumbum Rego have been in ruined.

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In a related development, ISWAP assets in Mallam Zuberu and Alagarno were also targeted and neutralized. Similarly, improvised explosive devices planted by ISWAP operatives in Layi Koura area of Nguigmi in Niger Republic was discovered and defused by troops.

In the past couple of weeks, ISWAP suicide bombers struck in Kaiga – kindjiria; a rural community in the Republic of Chad as well as Gubio in Borno State, in an effort by ISWAP to revamp its dream of establishing a caliphate in parts of Northern Nigeria and other areas of the Lake Chad Basin.

“This blow by the MNJTF will further plunge the leadership and followership of ISWAP into more despair”.

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Soldier Dies As Troops Kill 10 Insurgents In Baga

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A soldier was killed on Monday when some members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) stormed a military location in Baga town in Borno State.

The Chief of Military Public Information with the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Colonel Timothy Antigha, confirmed this in a statement.

He also said five other soldiers sustained varying injuries and have been evaluated for medical attention.

Colonel Antigha, however, noted that troops killed 10 of the insurgents, including four suicide bombers as they responded swiftly to the attack.

“What was meant to be a surprise dawn attack on Multinational Joint Task Force and national troops this morning became a nightmare for the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), as 10 of its terrorists met their waterloo in Baga,” he said.

He added, “Specifically, at about 5:30 am this morning, ISWAP terrorists numbering about 30 infested troops defensive locality.

“However, vigilant troops spotted their approach and promptly thwarted what could have been an audacious assault.”

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According to Colonel Antigha, some insurgents escaped with gunshot wounds while blood-stained tracks were observed.

He added that troops recovered arms and ammunition from other terrorists who fled in disarray.

He stressed that the MNJTF in collaboration with national forces would continue to pursue courses of action necessary for the achievement of its mandate in the Lake Chad Basin.

MNJTF Kill 42 ISWAP Terrorists In Clearance Operation

 

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has killed 42 Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists during a clearance operation on Friday.

According to a statement by the Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, Colonel Timothy Antigha, activities of the terrorists were disrupted at Doron Naira, an island in Lake Chad.

He added that other terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds and the troops recovered arms and ammunition.

“At about 6 am yesterday, 21 June 2019, troops embarked on clearance operation to Doron Naira (an island in Lake Chad), in a bid to disrupt ISWAP’s activities on the island and adjoining localities. Troops effectively suppressed ISWAP and successfully conducted the clearance operation.

“At the end of the engagement, the following statistics were recorded; 42 terrorists neutralized, several others escaped with gunshot wounds, 2 Gun trucks destroyed, 3 Motorcycles destroyed, 2 Light machine guns recovered, 2 AK 47 Riffles recovered.”

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Antigha revealed that the troops suffered a loss, while 10 other soldiers were wounded in action.

“Unfortunately, the MNJTF lost a soldier while 10 others were wounded in Action. The affected soldiers have been evacuated accordingly.”

The troops had earlier in the week, engage terrorists, killing over five and recovering arms and ammunition.

Similarly, the MNJTF also conducted air raid at the Headquarters and logistics base of a top ISWAP commander, Abu Talib, in Arege and Malkorony, with several terrorists suspected to have been killed.

10 Soldiers, 64 Boko Haram Terrorists Killed In Darak Attack

File photo of MNJTF Troops

 

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has explained the fallout of the attack by insurgents on Darak, near lake chad earlier this week.

In a statement, the MNJTF Chief of military public information, Colonel Timothy Antigha, said 64 insurgents and 10 personnel of the joint task force lost their lives in the clash which took place in Darak, Northern Cameroon.

He explained that about 300 heavily armed Boko Haram terrorists invaded the area on that fateful day but were met with stiff resistance from the MNJTF, resulting in a bloody gun battle which lasted for several hours.

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Eight civilians were also said to have died during the firefight, while eight members of the task force were wounded and 8 insurgents captured, with several arms and ammunition confiscated.

Antigha said the bold and ruthless response by the MNJTF is in keeping with the resolve of the Force to make the Lake Chad Area untenable for terrorists of whatever persuasion.

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.

Battle Of Lake Chad: MNJTF Kills 20 ISWAP Terrorists In Clearance Operations

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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.

This is according to a statement by Colonel Timothy Antigha the MNJTF’s Chief of Military Public Information.

Colonel Antigha said 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.

Antigha also noted that four personnel of the MNJTF were wounded during the fire fight and have been evacuated for urgent medical attention.

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

UN, EU Delegation Visits MNJTF Headquarters, Proffers Solutions To Insurgency

 

A delegation from the United Nations, the European Union have visited the Multinational Joint Task Force headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad, to proffer solutions on how to tackle Boko Haram insurgency.

Speaking during the visit Special Representative Francois Fall thanked the Force Commander, Major General Chikezie Ude for the successes recorded in the ongoing Operation YANCIN TAFKI, noting that the progress made so far is encouraging.

He observed that the Boko Haram problem requires more than a military solution, stressing that there is a need to also examine and address the socioeconomic underpinnings of the crisis.

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Also speaking, Mr Angel Losada, conveyed the support and solidarity of the European Union to the MNJTF, adding that the Union will remain in partnership with the MNJTF, particularly, in the areas of political strategy and intelligence sharing.

In his contribution, Mr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, noted the serious disruption of economic activities among countries of the Lake Chad Area by Boko Haram Insurgency. He observed that a lot of efforts will be required to deal with the attendant challenges.

The Force Commander commended members of the delegation for the visit.

He remarked that the fight against Boko Haram would not have been possible without the support of the international community.

He assured the delegation that the MNJTF in conjunction with national forces will maintain its current posture in the Lake Chad Basin. Other members of the delegation were the UN Resident Coordinator in Chad, Mr Stephen Tull and the Executive Manager of the Committee against Terrorism, Michelle Coninsk.

In a related development, a delegation from the UN Security Council has also visited the MNJTF Tactical Headquarters in Diffa, Niger Republic. Briefing the team, the Deputy Force Commander, Brigadier General Seydou Badjie updated them on the current situation and the challenges facing the MNJTF.

The leader of the delegation, Mr Abdel Mahjid, said their mission is to assess the MNJTF Area of Operation with a view to making recommendations on how the UN can support African led missions.

The delegation comprises of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to Central Africa, Francois Fall, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to West Africa and Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas and the Special Representative of the European Union to the Sahel, Angel Losada.

Troops Kill Over 30 Insurgents In Lake Chad Area, Recover Assorted Weapons

 

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) says its troops have killed several terrorists and recovered their weapons in the Lake Chad region.

In a statement on Thursday, the Chief of Military Public Information of MNJTF, Colonel Timothy Antigha, stated that the troops intercepted the Boko Haram members in Tunbum Rego.

According to him, the operation was made possible following collaboration with the Cameroonian, Niger and Nigerian Air Forces.

“In a recent engagement, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms, as well as ground attack aircraft from a coalition of Cameroonian, Niger and Nigerian Air Forces, intercepted and destroyed Boko Haram Terrorists in Tunbum Rego, a prominent island in Lake Chad, believed to harbour High Valued Boko Haram Targets.

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“In a related development, MNJTF troops from Sector 4 attacked Boko Haram assets in Arege, killing scores of terrorists in the process,” he stated.

The MNJTF spokesperson explained that at least 33 terrorists lost their lives with several weapons recovered during the two-day aerial bombardment.

According to the MNJTF spokesperson, items recovered include two gun trucks, one armoured personnel carrier, two motor cycles, one 120MM motar tube, 12 AK-47 Riffles, and two 60MM motar bombs recovered.

Others are 3,736 rounds of assorted ammunition, one binocular, and two hand grenades recovered.

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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”.

Boko Haram Insurgency: MNJTF Loses 22 Soldiers

Military Commits To Ridding Northeast Of Insurgents
File photo: Major General Lucky Irabor

 

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) says it has lost 22 soldiers in the course of its operation.

Force Commander of MNJTF, Major General Lucky Irabor, disclosed this on Wednesday in Chad while briefing reporters and strategic partners on the ongoing offensive operations in the Lake Chad Basin.

According to him, the troops were killed in action while 75 others were wounded.

He added that a Scorpion tank and truck each were damaged by the Boko Haram terrorists.

Major General Irabor explained that the high casualty ratio of his troops was due to the indirect fire and vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack by the insurgents.

He noted that while steps have been taken to forestall a reoccurrence, 50 per cent of injured the troops have already been treated and discharged.

The Force Commander, however, informed the gathering that the current operation which was flagged off on April 5, 2018, was already yielding substantial operational dividends as a result of the human and equipment casualties inflicted on the terrorists

They included 59 insurgents killed in action, five terrorists captured, three suicide bombers killed, the destruction of the Vehicle Borne IED, and the capture of one each of 81 and 82mm mortars and bombs.

Other feats recorded are the capture of one 122mm Artillery gun and its prime mover, as well as the destruction of six gun trucks, fuel dump, food stores, and communication platform. Gashigar, Arege and Metele were also cleared of terrorists while several motorcycles were destroyed.

Major General Irabor observed that the Boko Haram terrorism, like other similar conflicts, creates complex emergencies which attract humanitarian, military and other interventions.

He added that for such interventions to succeed, it was imperative for responsible actors to share and disseminate information.

The MNJTF boss explained that this was the rationale for the Force’s effort in providing information about its activities on a regular basis.

He noted that the mandate of the MNJTF among other responsibilities, empowers it to “Create a safe and secure environment in the areas affected by the activities of Boko Haram terrorists and other terrorist groups, in order to significantly reduce violence and other abuses, including sexual and gender-based violence, in full compliance with international law”.

Irabor disclosed that the ongoing operation was in the spirit of the mandate and that Operation Anmi Fakat was to consolidate on the gains of Operation Ruwan Kada which was conducted between January and June 2017.

As the operation continues, he assured the audience and people in the Lake Chad Basin Commission countries of the determination of the MNJTF, in conjunction with national forces to deal decisively with Boko Haram insurgency.

The Force Commander also thanked strategic and international partners, troops contributing countries, and other stakeholders for the support and encouragement so far given to the MNJTF.

UN Security Council Urges Improved Humanitarian Aid In Northeast

Maiduguri, United NationsThe United Nations Security Council has asked the humanitarian community to step up operations in Northeast Nigeria.

A team from the Council made the call on Sunday during a visit to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital to obtain first-hand information on the ongoing crisis in the northeast.

Head of the delegation, Ambassador Mathew Rycroft, said the council was shocked by the number of people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

He added that the people who have suffered in the hands of the terrorists are suffering a second time by the effect the humanitarian crisis is having on them.

Prior to arriving at the Borno State capital, the delegation had visited Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.

In an earlier visit to the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in Chad, Ambassador Rycroft had offered partnership to the MNJTF.

He stated the council’s satisfaction with the achievements of the task force, as the delegation was given a detailed brief on the activities of the MNJTF.

Rycroft noted that with the role being played by the force, there is evidence that mandates would be achieved.

The visits, together with the visit to Nigeria, would help the Council obtain a better overview of the crucial security and social issues facing the Lake Chad region.