Fight to finish as Military invade Boko Haram hideouts

By Editor on 28/02/2015

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Picture shows troops in a group photograph with one of dismantled Boko Haram flags.

Nigerian troops on cordon and search along Djimitillo Damaturu road axis in Yobe State Friday night had an encounter with a group of terrorists after their hideout was discovered by troops, Defence Headquarters has revealed. 

“The fierce fight to dislodge them from the location which is very close to a market, resulted in the capture of Machine Guns and rifles as well as the death of some number of them,” Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, said this afternoon.

“Some of the terrorists are believed to have died in the fire that gutted the house where they had made their base. A soldier was killed while another was wounded and is undergoing treatment,” he added in a statement issued this afternoon in Abuja.

Olukolade also revealed that “in Gulak, Adamawa State, troops in pursuit of terrorists caught up with some of them who were in the process of blowing up a bridge to deter troops advance. The terrorists were not lucky as they died in their encounter with troops. The troops are continuing with the cordon and search of the town and environs after overpowering the terrorists. A lot of arms have been recovered in the process. Troops are also dismantling the terrorists group’s flags hoisted in the towns.”

Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters yesterday  announced the reclamation of  Gulak,  the headquarters of the Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, and seven other key towns from Boko Haram by soldiers.

Many insurgents were arrested  during the battles for the  reclamation, while   arms  and  ammunition were recovered.

The Director of Defence Information, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, in an  update on the ongoing campaign against Boko Haram in the North-East, said the troops “routed terrorists from Bara, the headquarters of the Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State and Gulag, the headquarters of the Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State in the early hours of yesterday.

“The fierce fighting that preceded the clearing of towns and other communities resulted in the killing of many terrorists; the capturing of some of them; and the recovery and destruction of arms, thousands of assorted rounds of ammunition as well as vehicles and other equipment, including anti-aircraft guns, Ggeneral pPurpose machine guns (GPMGs), grenades, multi-barrel bombs, multi-barrel grenade launchers, rifles and mortar guns.

“Other locations also cleared in the course of the two-day operation included, Shikah, Fikayel, Tetebah, Buza, Kamla and Bumsa.”

A military source said the soldiers’ exploits    had provided a ray of hope that the North-East would be safe  for the forthcoming general elections.

The source said: “Virtually all communities under Boko Haram siege in  Adamawa State have been liberated and reclaimed. The troubled Adamawa North Senatorial District has been cleaned up.

“Nigerian troops have gained some mileage in the last few weeks. We are hopeful that normalcy will be restored in all the towns and villages in the zone.

“Apart from reclaiming these territories, troops have also been mandated to maintain high presence and embark on 24-hour surveillance.”

 

Source Newsexpressngr

Posted on February, 28 2015

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