Many killed, several injured as Nigerian troops, civilian JTF, storm Boko Haram market

FILE PHOTO: Recapture of Mubi Town

At least eleven Boko Haram fighters were killed Saturday as troops of Nigeria’s 103 battalion destroyed a market cum camp operated by the terrorist sect in northern Borno, people familiar with the matter have told PREMIUM TIMES.

An unconfirmed number of terrorists were also wounded during the battle in Yale, about eight kilometres south of Bama and 12 kilometres south west of Dikwa, while arms, ammunition and other equipment were recovered, military insiders said.

Officers and men of the 103 battalion, in conjunction with their counterparts from 21 Brigade, 202 Battalion and 151 Task Force Battalion arrived the market at about 7:30 am Saturday and opened fire on suspected terrorists found on location.

A detachment of Civilian JTF, which has been assisting the military in the anti-insurgency war, because of its deep knowledge of the North-East terrain, also participated in the operation, our sources said.

All the structures found at the camp were destroyed as suspected terrorists, caught by surprise, fled in different directions.

At least 11 of them were gunned down while several others were seriously injured.

A number of the sect members escaped with gunshot wounds, our sources further disclosed.

But as troops withdrew from battle unhurt, Boko Haram elements staged a surprise ambush attack, which was also successfully repelled.

The items destroyed during the operation include 11 motorcycles, 400 bicycles and several bags of grains and condiment.

Several AK47 rifles, magazines, binoculars, army rain boots, telephone handsets, cameras and strip wires were recovered from the terrorists, insiders said.

News of the destruction of the Boko Haram market came hours after troops of the 119 Task Force Battalion killed a yet unknown number of Boko Haram fighters who attacked troops location in Kangarwa, northern Borno.

The Nigerian troops gallantly fought back, killing an unknown number of the attackers and injuring several others.

Nine soldiers were however injured in that battle, our sources said.

On Saturday, a patrol team from Baga, which went to evacuate the injured soldiers, was also ambushed.

Members of the team repelled the attack and cleared the ambush, those familiar with the matter said.

It is the sixth time the 119 Battalion would be so attacked in recent times, military insiders told PREMIUM TIMES.

The army is yet to issue an official statement on the two operations.


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  • Ganiyu

    Bloody Ghosts.
    Boko Haram has long been defeated by Buhari and Lai mohammed.

    • Rommel

      Was ist Ihr richtiger Name?

    • Burbank

      And Nnamdi Kanu has long declared biafra independence.

  • Nigerian Citizen

    Boko having a market to themselves, wonders never end.for how long have they been trading in this market who are the sellers and buyers at the market.

  • smart G

    This story get k leg somehow. Anyway we have won the war .

    • Burbank

      Bush’s Mission Accomplished of 2003?

    • Lakeside

      What K leg? Look we should commend our soldiers for taking the fight to the terrorists. It appears that some Nigerians are difficult to please.

      • disqus_RQH3MIGvpS

        Thank you very much for that observation Lakeside. Nigeria’s greatest problem and it would remain so is, because they are very hard to please! We are being punished today because we lack respect for our leaders and expect too much from them. Prior to this time, Boko Haram were bold enough to enter Abuja and we became afraid to enter into groupings of people, today, the north-east are proud to assemble anywhere in that region. Thank you very much for that wonderful observation!

  • Castro

    The north has discovered a cash cow in boko haram and knowing their mentality they will milk it until Nigeria goes belly up. The only losers in this Nigeria game are the riverine communities whose environment has been rendered uninhabitable.

  • Burbank

    Boko Haram militants can expect not much human rights from the boys of those they murdered.
    God bless the Nigerian army

  • sammyctu ode

    Boko haram mindless terrorists should be shown no mercy anywhere they were found. For six and a half years jonathan empowered these evil terrorists while at thesame time withdrawing our monies from CBN, NNPC and other MDAs to feed the evil lifestyles of patience, pdp evil members and the ND terrorists. The blood of Nigerians all over Jonathan’s body will spoon consume him and render him totally useless in life. BH must be destroyed anywhere they are found.

  • kumi

    So boko haram have market

    • emmanuel

      The shocking fact about the so-called Sambisa forest, is that most of it is covered by shrubs and spaced out. Not the typical forest down South, yet they remain invisible.
      If the Army said Boko Haram have a market 8 kilometers of Bama, then there is big trouble and that means Boko Haram is far from being defeated.
      This is like Soldiers are in charge at Abuja Stadium and Bok Haram have a thriving market at Lugbe turning.
      Liar Mohammed, please cover this shame with some more lies.
      Where is Kukesheka?

    • David Adeniran

      Unbelievable!

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