As efforts to clean out Boko Haram terrorists from Nigerian territory continues, the Nigerian Army, on Sunday, May 1st, made it known that it had began massive operations to smoke out insurgents from their Sambisa forest hideout in Borno.
Premium Times reports that the Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, revealed this to newsmen while giving them an update on the battle between the Nigerian Army and the terrorist group, noting that troops were presently in the heart of Sambisa Forest.
“I want to inform you that troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole are conducting operations in the heart of Sambisa as we speak. The troops are deep into the forest to smoke out Boko Haram terrorists.”
He explained that the troops were working under the leadership of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 division of the Nigerian Army Maiduguri, Brig. Gen. Victor Ezugwu, adding that they had recorded huge successes against the insurgents in the past few days.
According to him:
“Following a tip-off, troops intercepted four female suicide bombers approaching from Sambisa in the general area of Jimini-Bolari village. Two unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices on the suicide bombers were safely detonated by our own team.
“Also, a suspected terrorists training camp at Mudallah llage in Dikwa Local Government Area was raided by troops on April 16. Consequently, troops made contact and killed a suspected terrorist’s leader and six others while capturing five of them, during the raid, five vehicles and several terrorists’ flags were destroyed.”
Throwing more light on their success, Mr. Irabor disclosed that the troops also rescued over 1,000 civilians held captive by the terrorists.
Remember that about one month ago, exactly on April 3, Irabor hinted that troops also launched a fighting patrol to Boboshe, Garna, Kyare, Ginba and Ajiri villages where they recovered eight industrial gas cylinders and five regular gas cylinders, being used in bomb making, at a primary school. During the operation three terrorists were captured while four motor cycles, three bicycles, a solar panel and two containers of liquid herbicides were destroyed.
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In a different operation on April 28, troops in the general area of Bogoro, Duguno 1, 2 and 3 encountered and cleared some terrorists elements around Mmbaraka. Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor said:
“The troops proceeded to Jadda village where they engaged and killed four terrorists. The patrol team also discovered a big pit where the terrorists used for dumping their victims to die and rot.
“The patrol team later freed some hostages and recovered an AK-47 rifle, 30 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 12 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 14 Dane guns, a motorcycle, two solar panels, 120 liters of diesel, some packets of panadol and a food storage facility.
“During the operation, one of the troops suffered gunshot wound and was evacuated for medical treatment. I am glad to state that he is in stable condition and responding to treatment.”