Not less than 21 members of the Boko Haram sect are believed to have died as a result of air raids on their training camps in Borno State late on Thursday. A spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen Chris Olukolade disclosed that fighter jets and helicopter gunships were used in the attack on terrorist camps in North western Nigeria. He also disclosed that the terrorists returned fire with anti-aircraft guns, hitting one of the fighter planes. He said the hit plane however managed to return to the base.
The first battle took place at the Sambisa Games Reserve, about 70 km south of Maiduguri. The General said “a number of insurgents have been killed. It is not just Sambisa, every camp is under attack. But we have not done mopping-up operations on the ground to determine the numbers killed.” At least 21 people are believed to have died in the Sambisa Games Reserve attack.
Residents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, the three states where the President ordered emergency rule are already expressing fears that the Islamist sect may easily blend with the civilian population while there is also the probability that they may escape into neighbouring states or across the country’s porous borders.