Boko Haram: Nigerian military declares increased onslaught

The military also sought cooperation from Nigerians.

The Nigerian military on Monday said it has stepped up surveillance in areas recently affected by Boko Haram terrorists. 

A statement by the military spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, said air and ground patrols have been stepped up in forests and hills of the affected areas.

He said the military will continue to enhance the effectiveness of its mission to curtail the terrorists. 

“The fighting patrols by air and land are being stepped up in the forests and hills of the affected areas and other parts of the north east where the Boko Haram terrorists are hiding.  The security forces will continue to employ necessary fire power to enhance the effectiveness of the mission until the terrorists are duly curtailed,” Mr. Olukolade said.

The spokesperson also said the recent attack on civilians by the insurgents will not deter the military from its onslaught on the outlawed group.

Over 100 people have been killed in different Borno villages by the Boko Haram, who spend hours in each village burning hundreds of houses.

Mr. Olukolade explained that the terrorists attacking the villages and killing innocent civilians were those escaping from the military onslaught against their makeshift hideout along the border and entry point from neighbouring countries.

He also said the locations prone to attacks have been reinforced while the affected areas are now under heightened surveillance and patrols.  

The spokesperson said some suspected perpetrators of the recent assault have also been apprehended and weapons recovered from them.  

He appealed to the general public to exercise patience and encouraged Nigerians to provide useful information to curb the activities of the fleeing terrorists. 


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