- The Nigerian military has released a list of top Boko Haram commanders that troops killed in Damasak area of Borno
- The DHQ said in a statement on Sunday, July 19 that the 8 high-level insurgents died during a failed attempt to overrun an army base
- The army also killed more terrorists in Kolofata, the border town with Cameroun, and recovered several weapons plus a letter to top terrorist commander Abu Fatima
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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has announced the killing of top Boko Haram commanders by brave soldiers of the Nigerian military.
DHQ spokesperson, Major-General John Enenche, confirmed the report in a statement released by the military body on Sunday, July 19.
Enenche, for good measure, added a list of the names of the high-level insurgents who were neutralized by the army in July.
In an update of actions against the insurgents this month so far, DHQ said the terrorists were killed by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on Thursday, July 2 in a failed attack on an army super camp in Damasak, Borno state.
"Operation LAFIYA DOLE gallantly neutralized 8 prominent leaders of the disorganized, marauding elements of the terrorists in their futile attempt to infiltrate Army Super Camp Damasak.
"During such misadventure, the terrorists met their waterloo on 2 July, 2020 when they were led by their top leaders (Amirs) to attack the troops in Damasak from 2 flanks in an effort to cause them massive casualty.
"However, with own troops’ doggedness, superior firepower and manoeuvre the terrorists were devastated and the rest escaped in total disarray," Enenche narrated.
The DHQ listed the eight high-level terrorists killed during the encounter at Damasak and who were buried by their colleagues at Goski village in the early hours of Friday, July 3 as:
1. Tumbun Dabino – Ba Issoufou.
2. Tumbun Bororo – Amir Batam.
3. Tumbun Jaki – Almustapha.
4. Tumbun Bagaruwa – Modou Kollo.
5. Dogon Tchoukou – Issah.
6. Tumbun Rakke – Mustapha Woulama.
7. Tumbun Dila – Boukar Kowa.
8. Tumbun Mita – Abou Aisha.
Also, following credible intelligence, troops of Strong Response Area (SRA) Pulka on Friday, July 17, targeted the terrorists on their market activities and undercover movement around Kolofata, a border town with Cameroon, killing 6 Boko Haram terrorists attempting to cross from Cameroon Border towards Sambisa Axis.
Weapons and equipment that were captured from the terrorists in the Kolofata included 3 AK 47 rifles, a magazine with 48 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one Honda Salon Car, one Motorcycle, 8 Bicycles, 3 Phones with multiple Sims and Memory Cards and 5 copies of the Holy Qur’an, among others.
There was also a letter written in Hausa to Abu Fatima (Boko Haram top commander), documents and other logistics.
The DHQ said other slain terrorists were suspected to be Imam and Mansur to Abu Fatima who hibernates in Sambisa forest.
Meanwhile, in a related vein, Legit.ng reported earlier that in a major success for the Nigerian military, about 602 repentant Boko Haram members have denounced their membership of the terrorist group.
The repentant terrorist also swore an Oath of Allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to the military, they have completed a de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration programme.
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