Boko Haram has anti-aircraft, anti-tank guns, Nigerian Military says after destruction

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The military destroyed some of the heavy weapons in a raid.

The Nigerian military said on Friday that it destroyed weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns, owned by insurgents in Borno State.

The military said in a statement that advancing troops of the Special Task Force have destroyed some terrorists’ camps sited in the forests of Northern and Central Borno.

The statement was issued in Abuja on Friday and signed by Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, the Director of Defence Information.

In his nationwide broadcast on May 14 while declaring a state of emergency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, President Goodluck Jonathan directed the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim, to deploy more troops to the three states. The president said the insurgents were not only carrying out violent acts but had commenced the process of excising some part of the Nigerian territory for themselves, and were mounting strange flags.

Mr. Olukolade noted that heavy weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns, were also destroyed in the process.

He said the special operations, which preceded troop movement, resulted in the destruction of many of the insurgents’ weapons.

Logistics, it added, such as vehicles, containers, fuel dumps and power generators were also destroyed.

It said that “the casualties inflicted on the insurgents in the course of the assault will be verified during a mop up.’’

According to the statement, the Defence Headquarters is quite satisfied with the progress of the operation and the fighting spirit of participating troops. It urged the Special Task Force to sustain the tempo.

Meanwhile, border posts have all been manned by security personnel to prevent escape or infiltration by the insurgents.

Security sources earlier told PREMIUM TIMES that at least 20 members of the insurgents were killed in the Sambisa forest operation.

Sambisa, a forest that spreads over a distance of 300sq km from Damboa up to Gwoza, Bama and the Cameroon border, has been a hideout and training camp for the extremist Boko Haram sect. The camp was first discovered early this year when a military raid was launched there.

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  • disqus_Nr3QLjU7FE

    Is there no exergeration of salt in this story for the millitary to justify huge sum of money approved to them?

    • Guest

      if you don’t have nothing better to say, then be advice to shut your smelling mount…

      • Thank you for your response to that post. Some people are so used to criticising that they must find fault in everything

        • Dan maikoko

          To know the truth we must be critical! Those who have something to hide don’t welcome differing opinions lest someone get to what they are hiding by his critical thought.

    • Ter

      Are you sure you are not a boko haram sympathizer? JTF need to watch you closely.

      • Dan maikoko

        A typical response from those who don’t think. When people say what you don’t agree with don’t put across your thoughts (because you don’t have any) instead scare them into silence. Its called “thought stoppers”. Boko haram member, Terrorist sympathiser, Aiding and abetting terror, sleeper cell…..

        • Ter

          I know your kind, you are one of those who have sympathy for boko haram but for the fear of arrest you are scared to show it openly. you too deserve to be a guest of the JTF.

          • malam aboki

            Ter or whatever funny name like coal-ter, you are an idiot. you reason like zombie. dan maikoko has the right to make his observation, and if you want to counter it with convincing argument you are free to do so. Shege

          • Ter

            Brain-washed fool, how many virgins did they promise you?

          • uae

            People like you do not deserve to be on pages of intellctual discuss like this. Go to your Ogogoro joint Terfa,Terver, Terhemba,Terkura whichever and continue there because that’s where you belong.

          • Ter

            Don’t worry, soon there will be no oil money for you parasites up there and when the inevitable break up of Nigeria happens, you will become the new Somalia.

          • Dan maikoko

            We are still waiting to hear your own thoughts. Pls don’t continue to spew out thought stoppers in place of ideas. For your info I belong to the Izala movement and we were fighting Boko Haram in debates and with our bare hands when the government and other Muslims did not even know they exist. This is a time of unity for all the peoples that inhabit Nigeria as Boko Haram is much of a threat to all of us as are the heartless and wicked leaders who wish to make money out of the security problem that results.

    • Dan maikoko

      A valid question. Back in 2011 I warned Nigerians never to allow their elite to taste the forbidden fruit of war and its accompanying free, unaccountable funds. A recent example is the disappointment of members of the government when the Israeli company blew the internet surveillance contract. Nigerian officials were not ashamed that a foreign company will be given legal access to all our internet communications. Rather they were angry that the twenty-something million they want to share because of the inflated sum of over $60 million can no longer be shared as Nigerians know now that the contract sum is $40 million. They knew that being a defence contract, they can write anything and they don’t need to produce a receipt and no one dare ask any questions or he will be labelled a boko haram member or sympathiser.

  • nija pikin

    Allow him to say his mind, he knows how thing work in nigeria mostly half true half lies but we will see if this strategy will work or fail. Our hope is for it to work. Okupe told a foriegn tv station today that nigerian military is the best in africa hhmm??

    • Dan maikoko

      Criticism and mistrust of authority is the sign of political and spiritual maturity. The existence of Boko haram, ND militants and SE kidnappers is enough to prove that govt cannot be trusted. “They must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as truth rather than truth as authority” Gerrald Massey ” When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny”

  • nija pikin

    Danmaikoko and uae you guy are wounderful its always boring when you are silent pls keep it up don’t mind those illegal sell out alliens. Who is scared of jtf those who use jtf, niger delta terrorist, boko haram terrorist to terrorise humiliate and kill will end up being killed by them, just be patient till when the soldiers are ask to go back to the barracks then and then???

  • Ajantala

    Ter, why don’t you just come up with a superior argument and stop this chidish argument, especially the “thought stopper”?