11 Nigerian soldiers, 404 Boko Haram fighters killed in four months – Official

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Soldiers
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Soldiers

The Nigerian military says it has killed 404 Boko Haram fighters but lost 15 soldiers in the war against the insurgents in the last four months.

The commander of the troops in the north-east, Attahiru Ibrahim, told journalists at a press briefing on Thursday that the terrorists carried out 97 suicide and vehicle borne attacks between March and June this year.

Mr. Ibrahim, a major general, who is the Theatre Commander of the force fighting the insurgents, disclosed this in an update of the military operations in the area.

He said the troops had also rescued 1,018 civilians held in various camps of Boko Haram.

Mr. Ibrahim said a total of 1018 Boko Haram suspects were arrested during the period reviewed.

He however clarified that only 67 Boko Haram suspects had so far voluntarily surrendered to troops. He stressed that the 700 Boko Haram fighters earlier said to have given up their struggle were actually those that indicated their intention to surrender.

The Theatre commander further mentioned that more villages and settlement are still being cleared within the Sambisa forest under the ongoing military special operation code named ‘Deep Punch’.

The military had in December said it has captured Sambisa forest following the fall of Camp Zairo in December 2016.

Responding to journalists’ questions, the major general argued that the forest is too large to be covered in a single operation.

“We need to appreciate the fact that Sambisa forest is about 60,000 square kilometres which spans the borders of Borno, Yobe up to fringes of Adamawa states”,

The commander dispelled concerns that Boko Haram attacks had escalated in the last six weeks.

According to him, “what happened was not an increase in attack, but it was a case of Boko Haram using technical asymmetric tactics to achieve their strategic low level aims by attacking isolated locations like the university (of Maiduguri) or the Jiddari Polo area.”

He further called on Boko Haram fighters in the jungle to lay down their arms as he assured them of their safety should they surrender.


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  • Simeon Nigel

    Majority of Nigerian military establishment were themselves Boko Haram insiders members within that same entire Nigeria military establishment. In the far north where I grew up and come from it, and it is the normal morms that a fellow muslims should not kills a fellow muslims under whatsoever circumstances, and therefore what this means in effect is that, the former theatre military North-east Commander was a Christian, he is General Smart Arebor, who was used by General Brutai to demonstrates to all other far northern fellow muslims that it was he Gen. Arebor is an unbeliver that was killing Boko Haram members and not by any fellow top muslims military commanders, this also does plays out in the same dirtest games by the Air force chief of staff, Air marshal Sadique who has just recently invited 66(sixty-six) British air force personnel to come and protects all Nigeria airforce planes when he knew that as he is being a muslim, he does not wants to always seems to be authorising strategic bombing against his Boko Haram fellow muslims in Sambisa forest but to make it look ever before all eyes of other Nigeria Northern muslims population that, it was the Christians(Kafars/unbelivers) i.e. 66 white British airforce pilots were been authorised by the acting Nigeria president of Professor Yemi Osinbajo ( a Christian and a kafar/kafari) who is in acting capacity as the Nigeria president to have had brought them over into Nigeria purposely into committing the bombing activities against his fellow Boko Haram members under and despite his, Sadique’s airforce’s authority/command, for being that as since President Buhari,(a fellow muslim), is not around in the country as at present. These are the dirstest types of confusions that the current Nigerian military top commanders of majority mulsims officers are playing out in form of daily DECEITS kind of manaovouring pack of open lies to all Nigerians media outlets, towards making it look as if the Nigeria military are very actives in tackling hard against all Boko Haram members. The recent surrendering happening today by the so call Boko Haram evil and muderous sects is nothing but a total deciets glarore and vicious packs of lies by the same Nigerian top military commanders insiders members of Boko Haram llike; General Bruatai and others. This so call surrendering actings are happening now under the new theatre military commander who was replaced or changed in the name of General Attahiru Ibrahim, who is also a secret Boko Haram member, Why is the current surrendering by Boko haram never took place during the reigning time of the former theatre Commander; General Smart Arebor (A Chritsian and a kafar or kaferi or unbeliever)? This is the type of question which all Nigerians should be asking themselves about these deciets surrendering dirtiest games by most secret Boko Haram top Nigeria military commanders.