Army says operation was to ensure peaceful Christmas and New Year celebration
At least 56 members of the terrorist organisation, Boko Haram, have been killed in Nigeria’s northeast after soldiers launched an air and ground attack on the terrorists’ hideout on Saturday, the military said.
The acting spokesman of the 7 Division of the Nigeria Army, Aliyu Danja, said in a statement that the military operations took place on December 28; and also involved the destruction of the terrorist’s weapons, equipment and vehicles.
Mr. Danja’s statement said, “The troops of the 7 Division Nigerian Army supported by the Nigerian Air force launched an intense attack on Boko Haram elements in Alfa general area of Bama Local Government, killing 56 insurgents while two soldier were wounded in the operations.”
The Army said the attack was part of the ongoing operations conducted by the military to ensure a peaceful Christmas and New Year celebrations in Borno State.
“The General officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army Major General Obidah Ethan felicitates with good people of Borno State and urged them to assist the military with useful information,” Mr. Danja, whose statement was corroborated in a separate one by the defence headquarters, said.
In a similar development, the defence headquarters said troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) foiled an attempt by terrorists who were massing up on an island on Lake Chad with a view to carrying out an attack on some Nigerian communities.
Seven of the terrorists died while others fleeing in different direction towards Niger and Chad Republic are being trailed by troops.
The spokesperson of the Nigerian military, Chris Olukolade, said some wounded terrorists were seen paddling away towards Chad Republic in a canoe.
“Intelligence reports have confirmed that some of the wounded terrorists were seen in a canoe paddling towards Tumbun Telkandam in Chad Republic,” Mr. Olukolade, a Major General, said.
A state of emergency is currently on in Borno State (as well as Adamawa and Yobe) as the military tries to dislodge the outlawed Boko Haram.