Nigerian military kills 50 suspected terrorist in Borno hideouts raid

It also said that 15 rifles, 11 machine guns and ammunitions were captured by the troops.

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The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, said on Friday that more than 50 suspected terrorists died during a raid on a makeshift camp used by terrorists in Miyanti and Bulungu, Borno State.

In a statement posted on its website, the Defence Headquarters said 53 terrorists died in the encounter, while the troops lost two of their men, and five others received injuries.

The DHQ said that a fuel dump used for storing fuel, vehicles, including Toyota Hilux trucks, and seven motorcycles were destroyed in the raid.

It also said that 15 rifles, 11 machine guns and ammunitions were captured by the troops.

“In a separate encounter around Duguri, near the Nigeria–Niger border, troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force stormed a terrorists’ hideout in a raid.

“The troops recovered 18 rifles, five general purpose machine guns, 25 hand grenades and IED making materials.’’

The DHQ said a suspected gun runner was apprehended and was being interrogated in connection with the seizures.

It said that the suspect was arrested during a cordon and search operation by troops.

The DHQ said that 15 other suspects were being detained in Abuja after a raid that led to the recovery of seven rifles, pistols, swords and other weapons.

It said that military operations to track armed gangs would be sustained in various locations.

On Wednesday’s explosion in Abuja, the DHQ said more explosives were seized from two suspects believed to have coordinated the bombing of EMAB Shopping Plaza in Wuse.

“Bystanders at the scene of the explosion alerted soldiers on patrol to the two suspects who were speeding off on a power bike.

“The soldiers pursued the fleeing suspects and shot at one who fell off the bike with his bag, while the rider escaped through the crowd.

“The bag recovered from the suspect was later confirmed to contain a package of IED and other accessories.

The DHQ said that the accessories included stop clock, mobile phones and other materials used for setting off explosives.

It said the suspect who was shot later died in a hospital while yelling: “people will die! people will die!!’’.

Twenty-one persons were confirmed dead following the explosion, while the wounded are receiving treatment in various hospitals.

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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    While it is very good news to hear our Army on the offensive against boko haram, we need to be circumspect about celebrating such news based on the antecedents of our security forces.

    To start with, Kolade has been caught out fabricating progress on boko haram – specifically on the Chibok girls – but equally disconcerting is the number of rifles that are reportedly recovered after such operations.

    For a boko haram they have kept on telling us are better armed than our military, it seems when they are “killed”, the amount of rifles or other guns seized suggest 3 of them have to share a gun!

    This one plus one is not adding up to 2.

    Is our military killing defenceless civilians when they move against boko haram?

    That would be war crimes at the leaset and genocide at the worst.

    Yes, we want boko haram and its backers smoked whenever they are caught but we have also be wary about throwing out the baby with the dirty bath water.

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