Troops have carried out mine and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) clearance in Gombori belonging to the Boko Haram terrorists.
The operation was carried out along the troops’ main supply route in Borno State, following an information provided by a suspected terrorist, Lawan Abbai.
He was arrested on Thursday by officials of the Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State in a counter-terrorism operation in northeast Nigeria.
“The troops located and recovered two heavy IEDs buried in the ground by suspected remnants of the insurgents.
“In the process of recovering the deadly IEDs, the troops intercepted four fleeing suspected Boko Haram terrorists that claimed they were on their way to surrender to troops.
“On preliminary investigation, they were identified as confirmed Boko Haram terrorists planting IEDs along troops’ routes by their arrested colleague, Lawan Abbai,” the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said in a statement.
The troops also rescued five women and a baby from the Boko Haram terrorists at the same general area.
Troops returning from Bama on humanitarian escort duty, were ambushed enroute Maiduguri by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in Meleri village, a few kilometres from Kawuri.
The Nigerian troops however, successfully cleared the ambush and exploited up to Afunori.
According to Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, two soldiers and three civilians were wounded in the ambush, among whom were staff of United Nations agencies and other international humanitarian organizations.
The wounded have been evacuated to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri and they are in stable condition.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to sympathize with our wounded colleagues, the United Nations and other Non-governmental organizations whose personnel were also injured in this sad incident.
“We wish to reiterate our determination and commitment to ensuring safety and security in the North East and safeguarding the lives of all persons,” Colonel Usman said.
Troops on fighting and clearance patrol Codenamed “Operation TIGER CLAW” on, Tuesday, July 19 2016 swooped on terrorists at Gangere village in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State.
This was following confirmed intelligence report on the convergence and massing up of dislodged Boko Haram terrorists, with intent of carrying out attack on some isolated communities,
According to the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, during the ensuing operation, 42 Boko Haram terrorists were killed, while unconfirmed number of the insurgents escaped with gunshot wounds.
“Similarly, 38 women and 42 children held captives were rescued from the insurgents. The women and children were taken to the military medical facility in Baga for checks. They were further assisted with food and clothing.
“The patrol team also recovered 504 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 162 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 1 Land Cruiser Jeep, 34 Jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and Automated Gas Oil (AGO), while 55 Motorcycles were demobilized during the operation.
“The troops have continued to intensify vigilance and maintained high level of alertness. They are making concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists in their area of responsibilities,” he said.
In a related development, suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists at the early hours of Wednesday, attacked Bakin Dutse community in which they killed one person and injured 4 other persons.
The insurgents, however, took to their heels on arrival of troops. The Army says its troops have continued to patrol the general area with the hope of finding and apprehending the attackers.
Similarly, troops on routine patrol in order to secure and make Kumshe-Banki road open, were ambushed by four suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
The troops engaged them and three of them died as a result of gunshot wounds. The lone survivor is currently being interrogated.
The Army Spokesman added that he has been making very useful statements that are very revealing.”
Troops of the Nigerian Army have thwarted a suicide bomb attack on some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.
A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said the incident occurred at about 6:15am on Monday.
Colonel Usman explained that three female Boko Haram terrorists attempted to attack the IDPs while they were fetching water at a borehole located about three kilometres in the outskirt of Monguno town along Marte Road.
He said that the vigilant troops detected and killed the two terrorists instantly, but the explosive they were strapped with exploded and injured two civilians nearby.
The Army spokesman added that the third suicide bomber, who followed a different route, detonated hers some distance before troops’ deployment situated along the same road at about 7:10 am.
He further stated that the injured civilians have been evacuated and were receiving medical attention at the 8th Task Force Division’s medical facility.
Troops have cordoned off the general area and imposed restriction of movement into Monguno to make the area safe.
Troops have arrested five suspected cattle rustlers and recovered 22 sheep and 19 cows from the syndicate in Plateau State in north-central Nigeria.
The suspects were paraded on Friday by the Commander of the Operation Safe Haven, Major General Tagbo Ude, at the operation’s headquarters in Jos, the state’s capital.
Major General Ude said that investigations were ongoing with two suspects involved in the crime declared wanted by the security operatives.
The Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria in Plateau State, Nura Mohammed, commended the Army for the recovery of the livestock.
He condemned the stealing of their cattle and the killing of a herds-boy by unknown attackers which prompted a petition to the government and security agencies.
In his response, Major-General Ude explained that the anti-cattle rustling operations of the military task force was able to trace the rustled cattle from Makaranta village of Langai district in Mangu Local Government Area of the state, and this led to the arrest.
So far, two cows have been slaughtered as the syndicate seemed to have a complete team that comprises the rustlers, a butcher and buyer of the cows, as well as the suya seller that roasts the stolen cows.
Troops have killed two Boko Haram members and rescued two children as they clear terrorists in some villages of Bama Local Government Area.
A statement by the Nigerian Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said that troops of 7 Division Strike Group Team B and 22 Task Force Brigade made the feat.
This was achieved while they conducted a simultaneous dawn raid on suspected Boko Haram militants’ hideouts in Biggoro, Warpaya and Aura North of Kumshe in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State, northeast Nigeria.
The essence of the operation, according to the statement, was to stop the reported criminal activities of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in the three villages.
“This became necessary as previous efforts were futile (and) the suspected terrorists kept coming in search for food, water and shelter.
“The surprised dawn attack yielded positive result as the troops discovered well concealed observation posts on trees in the villages constructed by the terrorists, to give them early warning of troops movement or approach.
“In addition, the troops found out that the observation posts on tree tops, were constructed in such manner with chairs and ropes to pull up foods and other needs by the sentry without necessarily coming down the trees.
“To also save for the rainy day, the terrorists had underground food storage facilities where they stocked large quantity of foodstuffs,” the statement read.
The Nigerian Army also revealed that three AK-47 rifles, magazines, ammunition and two motorcycles were recovered from them.
Troops have rescued 275 persons held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists during a mop-up operation in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.
The troops of 152 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with troops of Sector 1 of Multinational Joint Task Force made the feat during a clearance operation in suspected hideouts of the dreaded terrorists.
A statement by the Acting Director of the Nigerian Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said that one of the rescued persons gave birth to a baby boy shortly after their liberation. He said that both mother and child were doing fine.
According to the statement, the soldiers cleared terrorists in Madawaya, Jere, Kardile, Koujili, Ngenere and Maksamari, as well as Douse, Bembem, Zombulum and Taraji villages while they recovered several vehicles and motorcycles.
In addition, the troops recovered an AK-47 rifle, four fully loaded magazines with 7.62mm ammunition, two power generating sets, welding machines, assorted batteries and solar panels.
The gallant soldiers also recovered drums of beans and other grains as well as bandolier while they discovered and destroyed an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) – making factory at Bula Umara.
The troops have continued with their clearance operations to other suspected hideouts of the Boko Haram sects in their areas of operations.
The Nigerian Army has published the photograph of 100 suspected insurgents declared wanted by the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, made a public show of the suspected terrorists’ images in Maiduguri on Wednesday at the closing ceremony of a three-day engagement, organised for Army Public Relations Officers from across Nigeria.
‘Winning The War’
The Army Chief said that troops on the front lines were doing all they could to put an operational end to the counter terrorism war.
Lieutenant General Buratai, however, said that the insurgents had been greatly decimated, assuring Nigerians that ‘the Army is winning the war’.
He, nonetheless, stressed the need for the recognition of the sacrifices being made by federal troops on the front lines.
Lieutenant General Buratai urged Nigerians to show patriotism and support the efforts of the Nigerian military by providing information that would lead to the arrest of suspected insurgents.
He also said that the December deadline required the cooperation of all Nigerians to achieve the desired results.
President Muhammad Buhari had in August given the army a three-month ultimatum to end insurgency in the north-east which was later extended to December 2015.
The Nigerian Army says that troops of the Army 120 Task Force Battalion in Yobe, have killed more than 100 fleeing terrorists at Goniri area of the state.
A statement issued by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, says that seven soldiers died while nine others were wounded when the terrorists attempted to invade the Military Base at Goniri, early today.
The statement adds that the troops recovered one general purpose machine gun; two rocket propelled grenades, nine AK-47 rifles and belted rounds of 7.62 (NATO) ammunitions.
Various wires used for Improvised Explosive Devices, (IED) 7 primed IEDs, different types of spanners and a torch light were also recovered.
Col. Usman says the troops had consolidated on the encounter and would continue blocking any fleeing terrorist using the Nigerian Air Force Aerial Bombardment and other troop’s artillery fire.
Troops of One Division of the Nigerian Army have killed no fewer than 10 bandits and suspected terrorists in various joint operations tagged “Operation Restore Peace II” in the Northwest zone of the country.
During the operation, 64 suspected terrorists and bandits were arrested and handed over to the Police and the Department of State Security (DSS) for further investigations and prosecution, while 119 cattle, sheep and goats were also recovered from rustlers and bandits who have been terrorising people from the zone.
The zone comprises of Jigawa, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna, and Kano, while the operation has extended to Niger and Kogi states in the north-central.
According to a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of the One Division Headquarters in Kaduna, Colonel Usman Abdul, the operation was carried out by a combined team of Nigerian Army, Nigeria Air Force, Police, DSS and Customs Personnel among others.
Colonel Abdul said: ” In Kaduna State and its immediate environs, the expanded security outfit involved in the operation have made recovery of 2081 animals like cattle, sheep and goats. 27 suspects were arrested and lots of weapons were recovered from the bandits.
“In the axis of Sokoto, Zamfara, and Kebbi States over 3027 animals which included cattle, goats and sheep were recovered. 33 suspected bandits were arrested with 11 weapons seized in the course of the operation.
All the suspects were handed over to Zamfara DSS and the Police Command while the animals were handed over to Zamfara State government officials.
“Similarly in another joint operation, covering Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States, the troops recovered a total of 2011 animals ,4 suspects arrested and 10 bandits were killed during encounters and 8 assorted weapons recovered.
“Arrested suspects were handed over to Katsina Police Command, while animals recovered were handed over to Katsina state government officials.”
Colonel Abdul noted in a statement that since the commencement of the operation calm has been restored to the area, farming and commercial activities has commenced.
He said the Army and other security agencies in Kaduna have through various operations been able to reduce and subdue activities of bandits and insurgents, warning supporters and sympathizers of bandits to desist in their activities as the Division is poised to uproot them from the zone.