The Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Nigeria Airforce have killed six top Boko Haram commanders in the Northeast during a bombardment of their hideouts, recently.
A statement released by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations, Wednesday night, revealed that the Boko Haram commanders were killed in their hideouts.
”The key Boko Haram terrorists (Ameers) neutralized within the week during the joint artillery and Nigerian Air Force air bombardments include; Abu Dujana, Man Tahiru (Deputy to Boko Haram terrorists group Hisba leader), Man Chari, Malam Abdullahi (left) Abu Sa’ad (Right) and Goni Bamanga.”
Usman said in the statement: “Based on received information about the location of some suspected top Boko Haram terrorists’ leaders, the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force have been carrying out heavy artillery bombardments and air interdictions on registered targets that have killed a large number of Boko Haram terrorists including some of the group’s key leaders.
“The Nigerian Army artillery using Multi-Barrel Rocket Launchers has lobbed many rockets over the suspected location the terrorists’ leaders are hiding. Video clips obtained on battle damage assessment shows clear success of the exercise. More details of successes achieved will be made available as the operation continues.
“The key Boko Haram terrorists Ameers neutralized within the week during the joint Artillery and Nigerian Air Force air bombardments include; Abu Dujana, Man Tahiru (Deputy to Boko Haram terrorists group Hisba leader), Man Chari, Malam Abdullahi (left) Abu Sa’ad (Right) and Goni Bamanga.
“The Nigerian military would continue with the concerted onslaught on the reported Boko Haram terrorists’ location till they have been eliminated.”
In the same vein Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, has said the military killed 82 Boko Haram terrorists, cleared 630 settlements and rescued 468 persons abducted by the terrorists group within the last one month.
General Attahiru, who spoke at a press conference with journalists in Maiduguri, on Wednesday, said six soldiers lost their lives while five others were wounded in the process.
He said, in the cause of the operation, troops recovered 17 automatic weapons and 14, 771 rounds of ammunition found under rocks and along bush path in Magumeri and around Madara mountain areas.
On the abduction of the 3 staff of the University of Maiduguri and the 14 women abducted while escorting the corpse of a female police officer along Maiduguri, Damboa road, on 29th of June 2017, General Attahiru said, the command is working assiduously with he Borno command of the Nigeria Police to rescue the victims.
The Theatre Commander said, ”We have arrested a Boko Haram suspect and the mastermind of the ambush on oil worker at Borno Yesu along Gubio, Magumeri road. The Commander, Abu Mainok is currently under our custody and undergoing investigation.
“In the same month under review, we had a total number of 69 Boko Haram fighters denouncing their membership of the sect, and surrendered themselves to our troops in various locations in Borno,” he added
General Attahiru also told journalists that, the military had arrested 313 Boko Haram militants who are currently undergoing investigation.
He added that among were a number of children willingly donated by their parents to carry out suicide missions for the Boko Haram terrorists group.
The Theatre Commander while reiterating the commitment of the Nigerian Army in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram in the Northeast, urged the residents of the region to come up with useful information about terrorists locations and hideouts so as to help the military to end the war.