- The chief of army staff has opened up on troops' operations against insurgents in the northeast region of Nigeria
- Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai said over 1,000 terrorists have been killed by troops in the past six weeks
- According to Buratai, for the efforts of troops of the Nigerian military Nigeria is edging towards victory against insurgents
The chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has said that over 1,000 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists were killed in the past six weeks by the troops of the Nigerian military.
Buratai while speaking at a luncheon organized for the troops of “Operations Lafiya Dole” in Maiduguri on Sunday, May 24, said Nigeria has recorded tremendous gains in the war against insurgency.
In his address, the COAS assured that the troops are edging closer towards victory, especially with the insurgents suffering numerous casualties.
He added that a total of 84 high ranking members of Boko Haram logistics and informants have been arrested within the same time frame.
The army chief said the Nigerian military has put concerted efforts against BHTs and ISWAP and have dealt mercilessly with terrorists.
“We have successful displaced major camps of the BHTs. We have killed 1015 terrorists and ISWAP in the ongoing operation in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state respectively."
“We have also arrested 84 BHTs logistics and information suppliers in the ongoing operation which started April 12, 2020,” Buratai said.
Buratai also appreciated the efforts of the Nigeria air force, navy, police force, Department of State Services, Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) and hunters for the successes recorded so far.
Earlier in the day, the military had said it killed a total of 35 Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) and ISWAP criminals at several attacks encountered in Borno State between May 11 and 22, 2020.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that troops of the Nigerian military killed 20 Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.
The terrorists were successfully neutralised during a fierce operation near Baga community of Borno state.
Enenche said the operation was carried out by the troops of 130 Battalion with the support of Army Super Camp Baga.
Also, troops of 212 Bn, Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole successfully repelled an attack by Boko Haram/ISWAP elements and killed several insurgents at Gajigana in Nganzai LGA of Borno state.
Eneche in a statement said the unit had received credible intelligence report on terrorist moves to attack the troops’ location at Gajigana from Goni Usmanti village.
He said the Air Task Force scrambled it's Attack Aircraft and Helicopter Gunships in response to the terrorists attack ground troops and to provide close air support.
In another news, a human rights researcher said that Nigeria's victory against Boko Haram insurgents has come to stay since the coordination of army operations by the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
Terrence Kuanum, an author of several books described recent victories by Nigerian troops in the Lake Chad Region as a positive sign that the recorded success over the insurgents will be permanent.
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