Following recent spate of killings, military launches aggressive attack on Boko Haram
The Nigeria military on Friday said it recovered some weapons while repelling an attack from the Boko Haram terrorists along the country’s border with Chad.
A statement by the Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, disclosed that the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, confronted the terrorists as they tried to overrun markets in communities on the outskirts of Monguno and NNPC at New Marte, Borno State.
Mr. Olukolade said that over 50 assorted grenades and 11 AK 47 rifles were recovered from the fleeing terrorists. He said that more assaults and encounters were in progress as intelligence sources confirm the routes being used by the fleeing terrorists. He noted that the military troops have been directed to sustain aggressive patrols in certain areas where terrorists’ actions are anticipated. He added that cordon and search operations were ongoing and patrols have been increased.
“Meanwhile, interrogation of captured terrorists from various locations has been yielding useful information as to their mode of operations. Among those in custody is a lead specialist in butchering human beings who insists he does not use firearms but daggers and cutlasses for his assignment,” Mr. Olukolade said
Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, the three states under emergency rule, have come under several attacks from terrorists in the past weeks.
The attack that drew the highest condemnation was the killing of at least 29 students of a Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, in February. The students were attacked while sleeping in their dormitory.