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Published On: Fri, Jun 5th, 2020

Military, Civilian JTF kill more BHT//ISWAP terrorists in Borno

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By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

The Nigerian military said its troops of Army Super Camp 6 Konduga, Borno State in conjunction with the civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) have killed several Boko Haram/ ISWAP terrorists on 3 June, 2020.

The military in a statement issued yesterday said the operation was in continuation of the aggressive clearance operations across the North East.

The statement issued by Major General, John Enenche,
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations,
Defence Headquarters, said the troops and the Borno State Civilian Joint Task Force, conducted a deliberate ambush operation against BHT/ISWAP Terrorists at Lawanti River line and neutralized 6 of them, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

“Furthermore, resulting from sustained artillery bombardments and ground assaults against BH/ISWAP terrorists hideouts, more are surrendering to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole. On 2 June 2020, 3 of them namely: Mohammed Babagana, Modu Jugudun and Alhaji Usman surrendered to troops of Delta Company at Strong Response Area Pulka in Gwoza LGA of Borno State.

“The trio confessed to having escaped from their Boko Haram Camp in Dabulari Village, Bama LGA of Borno State after a heavy artillery bombardment of the Camp by troops that led to the death of many of their erstwhile colleagues. During interrogation, they confessed regretting their actions and called on their former colleagues to give up the struggle and save themselves from unprofitable death.

“Relatedly, on 2 June 2020, the combined troops of 19 Brigade and 401 Special Forces Brigade conducted a robust clearance operation at Doron Naira and Magaji. In Doran Naira, troops recovered one 120mm Mortar base plate, one religious book, metal links for-Aircraft ammunition and a roll of copper wire abandoned by the Boko Haram criminals before the arrival of the own troops. Also, at Daban Magaji, troops had an encounter with some Boko Haram Terrorists hibernating in the area. The valiant troops, through superior fire neutralized 9 of them.

“ Additionally, the troops destroyed one Boko Haram Gun Truck as well as captured one Anti-Aircraft Gun, 2 AK 47 Rifles, and a large cache of Anti-Aircraft ammunition. However, one officer paid the supreme price while one soldier was wounded in action. The soldier wounded in action is currently receiving treatment in our military medical facility.

“Similarly, on 1 June 2020, troops of 144 Battalion deployed in Madagali, Adamawa State briskly cleared BHT Staging Area and Crossing Points at Lemu, Gajinji and Tsakiraku. During the encounter at Gajinji, troops neutralized one terrorist and arrested 2 adult females namely: Aishatu Manye and Kelune Mate identified to be the local BHT commander’s wives.

“In the North West Region, on 3 June 2020, troops of Operation WHIRL PUNCH acting on credible information raided a bandits’ Camp at Kurmin Dande in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State. During the operation, troops made contact and neutralized 2 of the bandits while others escaped with gunshot wounds. The troops recovered 2 Dane guns, 2 motorcycles, one locally fabricated short gun, 4 cutlasses, 3 cell phones, 2 small solar panels and some clothing items before destroying their camp.”

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