It was indeed a case of boomerang for some Boko Haram terrorists on Thursday when they ran into a heavy landmine and got killed by the forgotten bombs they had buried long ago, while they were being chased by troops of the Nigerian Army.
The spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman,who made this known on Thursday night said the incident happened in Kumala area of Damboa Local Government of Borno state. He said:
“Troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion of 25 Task Force Brigade on Wednesday engaged in hot pursuit of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in Kumala.
“During the pursuit, the troops traced the axis of withdrawal of the terrorists and discovered that the terrorist vehicle mounted with an Anti-Aircraft Gun tasted a bit of the Boko Haram terrorists’ evil intents as it ran into an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) buried by them.”
According to him the unfortunate fate which befell the insurgents was a clear signal that Boko Haram is now in disarray as the Nigerian soldiers are only battling a residue of their long decimated force.
During their active days of territorial conquests, the Boko Haram sect had buried hundreds of improvised land mines along major routes and communities to prevent invasion of troops into their new domain.
President Buhari has however vowed to pursue the Boko Haram sect relentlessly until they are completely uprooted from Nigeria and becomes an item of history.
The President who described the group as a diabolical, godless group far removed from Islam, said the federal government would commission a sociological study into the group’s overall concept and activities in order to forestall such evil from happening again.
The President said:
“As we have had cause to mention earlier, our government, in joint cooperation with our neighbours, has substantially degraded the attacking capability of the insurgents to a level that has now compelled the insurgents to retreat. We will pursue them relentlessly until they become an item of history.”