Nigerian troops fighting the extremist Boko Haram sect on Sunday announced that they had uncovered storage facility used by the terrorist group to store food.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES that the storage contained large quantity of foodstuff when it was discovered.
Mr. Usman also said the troops also found that the terrorists were mounting sentries on tree tops to gather intelligence on the advancement of troops.
Read full statement below.
“On Saturday 16th April 2016, troops of 7 Division Strike Group Team B and 22 Task Force Brigade conducted a simultaneous dawn raid on suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts at Biggoro, Warpaya and Aura, North of Kumshe in Bama Local Government Area.
“The essence of the operation was stop the reported criminal activities of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in the three villages. This became necessary as previous efforts were futile. The suspected terrorists kept coming in search for food, water and shelter.
“The surprised dawn attack yielded positive result as the troops discovered well concealed observation posts on trees in the villages constructed by the terrorists to give them early warning of troops movement or approach.
“In addition the troops found out that the observation posts though tree tops, were constructed in such a manner with chairs and ropes to pull up foods and other needs by the sentry without necessarily coming down the trees.
To also save for the rainy day, the terrorists had underground food storage facilities where they stocked large quantity of foodstuffs. The troops killed two Boko Haram terrorists and also recovered three AK-47 rifles, magazines and ammunitions. They also recovered two motorcycles from them. In addition they rescued two children from the terrorists.”