Troops Destroy Ten Boko Haram Camps in Lake Chad Region

A photo released by the Nigerian Army on March 18, 2022, shows troops during one of the operations in Borno State.

 

In continuation of its counter-insurgency operations in the Lake Chad Basin area, troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force and Operation Hadin Kai comprising of Nigerien and Nigerian troops, have cleared ten identified Boko Haram settlements in the North East and Lake Chad Basin.

The operation which commenced from Monguno on May 17 saw the troops clearing Boko Haram settlements at Grada, Kwatan Maishayi, Daban Karfe, Daban Gajere, Tumbun Buhari and Tunbun Abuja.

Others include Sabon Tunbu, Ali Sherifti, Doron Naira and Daban Masara.

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According to a statement by the spokesman of the MNJTF, Lieutenant Colonel Kamarudeen Adegoke, the terrorists fled the cleared enclaves in a bid to avoid being killed by the troops as no contact was made with the criminals during the operation.

However, he said troops were able to recover some items in the cleared settlements, including packed fish in cartons, assorted grains, house hold items and a motorcycle.

In line with MNJTF SOP for operations, the enemy camps were destroyed and the items were properly burnt. About 30 young men who claimed to be fishermen and farmers were arrested in the general area of Doron Naira and are being profiled and interrogated to ascertain their culpability or otherwise.

Similarly, troops of Task Force Mallam Fatori, comprising of Nigerien and Nigerian troops from the MNJTF firm Base in Arege, carried out clearance operations to the general areas of Ali Jimari, Dogon Chuku and Tunbum Rago.

Some Boko Haram elements on sighting the advancing troops, abandoned their motorcycles and an old Hilux Toyota van and fled.

The two motorcycles and the old Hilux Toyota van were burnt in the location by the troops, while in a separate operation, a young Fulani girl named Salamatu, aged about 12 and claiming to be from Darge Kessa Village in Abadam LGA, was found by the Task Force team wandering in the bush.

The MNJTF spokesman said the girl will be handed over to the relevant authorities for further action after necessary profiling.

Troops Kill 20 Terrorists In Lake Chad Basin

File photo of MNJTF troops in Lake Chad.

 

Troops from a West African military force killed some 20 jihadists in three days during an operation in the Lake Chad basin, the coalition said Sunday.

The lake basin, shared by Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger, and its countless islets have become one of the main havens for jihadists from Nigeria’s Boko Haram and its dissident branch, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).

The four countries’ militaries revived the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) in 2015 to fight the extremists in the basin after its establishment in 1994. The force had been dormant until then.

The forces launched a new offensive in March that aimed to “completely destroy Boko Haram and other terrorist groups which plague the basin”, a senior MJTF official, who wished to remain anonymous, told AFP Sunday.

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Aerial support to Nigerien and Nigerian forces from the coalition allowed them to carry out “aggressive patrols… against terrorists’ positions” in the jihadist “bastion” of Tumbun Rago, in the Nigerian state of Borno, the MJTF said in a statement Saturday.

Between Wednesday and Friday, “at least 20 terrorists were neutralised” despite “strong resistance”, the coalition said.

The senior MJTF official confirmed that “neutralised” meant killed, adding that the operation took place in Cameroon and in Nigeria.

The coalition has not provided figures on how many jihadists have been killed since the operation began in March.

But in a statement on April 25, it said “30 terrorists” were “neutralised” by Nigerien forces in the Kaji Jiwa area in Niger by the basin. It did not say when. One soldier died, the MJTF added.

Boko Haram launched an insurgency in northeast Nigeria in 2009 before it spread to neighbouring countries.

More than 36,000 people have been killed since, mainly in Nigeria, and three million were forced to flee their homes, the United Nations says.

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Troops Kill Over 27 Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists, Rescue Six Female Hostages

Troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force rescue some females abducted by the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in the Lake Chad region.

 

Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force have killed over 27 Boko Haram insurgents and  Islamic State of West Africa Province members within the fringes of the Lake Chad basin in Nigeria, Niger Republic, and Cameroon.

The troops in continuation with the Operation Lake Sanity at Forward Operations Base Arege, also rescued six female hostages who were kidnapped by the insurgents from Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, and Yobe states from October 2020 to April 2021.

According to the spokesman of the Multinational Joint Task Force, Colonel Muhammad Dole, about 20 terrorists were neutralised by the Air Task Force who identified intelligence-driven targets which they engaged using multiple sorties in the vicinity of Tumbun Fulani and Tumbun Rago.

Relatedly, the MNJTF Nigerien troops of Sector 4 while on patrol in the general area of Ngagam – Kabalewa and N’guigmi engaged a group of fleeing terrorists, neutralised five BHT/ISWAP insurgents, destroyed two gun trucks, and also recovered a large stock of arms and ammunitions.

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Unfortunately, a soldier paid the supreme sacrifice and a few others were wounded in action. They are receiving treatment at a military hospital.

In another encounter, troops of Sector one in Cameroun neutralised two Boko Haram criminals within the vicinity of Toumbuma, Kerenua, and Chikingudu.

At the end of the earlier battle engagement around Tunbun Fulani and Tunbun Rago, six traumatized female hostages were found by the troops who then assisted them and brought them to their location.

The rescued women were later moved to Maiduguri for further processing and handover to the civil authorities before they will re-join their families.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the escapees who hailed from Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, and Yobe states were kidnapped at different places and times by the evil and criminally minded BHTs/ISWAP ranging from October 2020 to April 2021.

Insurgency: MNJTF To Boost Troops’ Capacity In North East, Says Force Commander

MNJTF Commander, Major General Abdul Ibrahim receives a salute during a visit to the Headquarters 5 Brigade at Damasak in Northern Borno State on October 2, 2021.

 

The Force Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, Major General Abdul Ibrahim has reassured troops that the MNJTF Headquarters will reinforce their operational capacities with equipment and other essential materials, which will improve surveillance and tactical manoeuvre in the fields.

He also cautioned about the misuse of social media which he said usually does more harm than good as it can be a source of information on the activities and movements of the troops to terrorists.

Ibrahim made the comments during a visit to the Forward Operating Base at the Mallam Fatori and Headquarters 5 Brigade at Damasak in Northern Borno State.

The Forward Operation Base and unit have won several tactical victories against the Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents in their previous encounters,  paving the way for the resettlement and relocation of internally displaced persons and refugees to their ancestral homes in the northeast.

Insurgency: Security Agencies Hold Regional Dialogue On Prevention Of Violent Extremism

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The Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) and the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has organised an inception workshop to articulate an inclusive regional communication strategy to prevent violent extremism in the Lake Chad Basin.

According to a statement by the Chief Military Public Information of the MNJTF, in Chad, Colonel Muhammad Dole, the proactive initiative is in recognition of the need to reinforce information and communication line of operation to counter (prevent) and replace the extremist ideology propagated by the Boko Haram and armed groups with a Constructive Alternative Narrative capable of discouraging extremism, restoring trust, confidence and a secured future.

He explained that the inception workshop includes to consult technical experts and representatives from the affected areas on MNJTF’s military Influence Operations that are meant to discourage sympathy and support for terrorists and deter Boko Haram and ISWAP from radicalizing and recruiting innocent people, particularly across Troop Contributing Countries and the Lake Chad Basin in general.

To design a common regional approach to information and communication activities in order to prevent violent extremism in the Lake Chad Basin and to suggest methodologies and channels of communication appropriate with messages and Target Audiences.

The statement quoted the MNJTF Force Commander, Major General Ibrahim Yusuf to have highlighted the need for a comprehensive regional non-kinetic strategy to complement the largely kinetic approach of the MNJTF to combat the security challenges in the Lake Chad Basin.

In addition, General Yusuf acknowledged the existence of gaps in the current communication strategy of the MNJTF, which according to him, makes the workshop imperative.

In his goodwill message, the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, expressed support for the workshop and charged both organisers and participants to create adequate awareness among the populace with a view to replacing the destructive ideology and harmful narrative of the violent extremist group.

Participants including the UNDP Resident Representative in Chad, Mrs Lisa Singh, acknowledged the fact that military operation is not the only practical solution to ending the insurgency, hence, the need for a review of strategies to also deliberately target the ideologies and psychology of the Boko Haram/ISWAP insurgents, as well as populations in the region.

To achieve the set objectives, a team of experienced technical experts, comprising seasoned academics, reputable international and local media practitioners and the military deliberated during the interactive session with key stakeholders and personalities from communities affected by the Boko Haram conflict.

Participants from affected communities included traditional, community, religious and women leaders. Others were representatives of local authorities across the Lake Chad region.

The 4-day workshop attracted representatives of the Government of Chad, European Union, African Union and Ambassadors of MNJTF Troop Contributing Countries; Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.

Other participants included representatives from the Centre for Coordination and Liaison and Civil Society Organizations.

At the end of the workshop, the facilitator and technical experts are expected to study the recommendations and subject same to a validation process before implementation.

Nigerian Nurse Escapes From ISWAP Captivity During Military Air Raid

FILE: A screengrab from the Air Force video shows the scene of the airstrikes on Boko Haram Logistics Base in Borno State. Credit: Defence Headquarters.

 

A Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) set up to rid the Lake Chad region of terrorists on Wednesday said it had helped to facilitate the return of a Nigerian nurse from the grip of the ISWAP, a terrorist organisation.

The MNJTF comprises units of military personnel from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.

In a statement signed from Chad, an MNJTF spokesman, Colonel Muhammad Dole, said the nurse had been held in captivity since the beginning of 2020.

During an air-bomb raid of an ISWAP stronghold in the Lake Chad, the nurse ran for dear life and escaped to Niger Republic, where he was handed over to the MNJTF.

“After bombs and rockets from the aircrafts landed and everywhere exploded in flames, both terrorists and hostages ran for dear life,” the nurse said, as quoted by the MNJTF. “I had to take my chance. I am grateful to God that I was able to escape.”

The nurse was medically examined before he was finally handed over to Nigerian authorities, the MNJTF said.

 

READ THE MNJTF’s FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

MNJTF FACILITATES RETURN OF NURSE ABDUCTED BY ISWAP

In consonance with the mandate of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which includes to “Facilitate within the limits of it’s capabilities, humanitarian operations and the delivery of assistance to the affected populations”, the Task Force has facilitated the return of a Nigerian Nurse (name and organization withheld) who was abducted by ISWAP and held in captivity since the beginning of 2020.

2. The nurse who was incarcerated in one of ISWAP’s strong holds in the Lake Chad bolted to safety and freedom, in the aftermath of a joint air interdiction conducted by the MNJTF and national partners. According to him, “after bombs and rockets from the aircrafts landed and everywhere exploded in flames, both terrorists and hostages ran for dear life. I had to take my chance. I am grateful to God that I was able to escape”. The nurse then made his way to a village in Niger Republic and was promptly handed over to security agents in Sector 4 of the MNJTF.

3. The airlift and hand- over of the nurse to Nigerian authorities was preceded by medical examination conducted to determine the state of health of the victim after spending 8 months in the horrific and squalid conditions which he had to endure during the period of his captivity in ISWAP enclave.

4. The MNJTF wishes to reassure populations in the Lake Chad Basin of it’s determination to provide security and facilitate development efforts being spearheaded by the respective national governments and international development partners.

5. Please, disseminate this information to the general public.

Signed
Colonel Muhammad Dole
Chief of Military Public Information
HQ MNJTF Ndjamena Chad
26 August 2020

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.