During clearance operations in North East Nigerian State of Borno, Nigerian troops from the 202 Battalion deployed under the 21 Special Armoured Brigade, Sector 1 Operation HADIN KAI allegedly killed 13 Boko Haram insurgents affiliated with the Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihad faction.
Brig. Gen Waidi Shayibu, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Nigerian Army’s 7 Division, supervised the operation that led the troops to a resounding victory in Bama.
According to reports, on April 7, the Battalion, which was led into battle by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Indiorhwer, raided the terrorists’ hideouts in Mallum Masari, Gabchari, Mantari, Kanari, Markas, Garin, and Baban baba villages in Bama Local Government Area, and eliminated the insurgents during a fierce gun duel.
Several terrorists fled with bullet wounds, while others were taken alive, according to Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in LakeChad.
Zagazola in a series of tweets revealed that troops also liberated 43 women, children, and an elderly man from terrorist captivity.
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Troops also recovered 9 AK-47 rifles, 6 AK-47 magazines loaded with ammo, numerous bicycles, motorcycles and some rustled cattle.
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One of the captured terrorists who identified himself as Abu Asma’u, said they are Mujahedeens from the faction of Abubakar Shekau who were running from the Nigerian military onslought in Sambisa forest.
“We’re fleeing from the Nigerian army, who have taken control of most of our camps in Sambisa forest,” he said.
“We’re hiding in these villages because ISWAP will fight us even if we flee to Lake Chad,” he added.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, and regional states Chad, Niger, and Cameroon have maintained escalated intelligence-led counter-insurgency ground and aerial offensives on the suspected jihadists’ hideouts in the Lake Chad region.
The rebels’ combat capacity has been diminished in recent months as a result of the continuous bombardments from both the Nigerian troops and troops of the multinational joint task force in the North East, with many of them surrendering to Nigerian troops.
Those who refused to lay down their arms are alleged to have fled to Nigeria’s northwestern states of Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, and Kaduna, where they joined up with bandits and Ansari rebels.
Source and Photo Credit: Zagazola/Twitter .