Soldiers Kill 20 Boko Haram members in Borno

Soldiers Kill 20 Boko Haram members in Borno

Soldiers of the Special Forces have raided a hideout of members of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, at Yaurakura, in the Bagudu Island of Lake Chad area of Borno State and killed 20 insurgents.

A highly placed military source, who disclosed this to journalist on Wednesday in Abuja, described the raid as a major victory against the insurgents.

It was learnt that the raid, which began on Saturday, consisted of both attack by land troops and aerial bombardment by the air force.

The raid was said to have been made possible as a result of intelligence reports and air reconnaissance operations in the area.

The source described Yaurakura as a major stronghold of the insurgents and that the area also served as an escape route on water.

The source said that the troops also seized several arms and ammunition from the Boko Haram fighters.

Among the items said to have been seized from the insurgents were sub- machine guns, BMG machine guns, rifles, rocket propelled bombs and assorted ammunitions as well as four vehicles said to be laden with Improvise Explosive Devices.

The source said, “The troops captured a stronghold of the terrorists at Yaurakura, Bagudu Island of Lake Chad and about 20 of them were killed while many were wounded.

“The arms seized from them include sub machine guns, rifles, rocket propelled bombs, assorted ammunitions, five  speed boats, a welding machine and four vehicles. The vehicles were loaded with IEDS.”

Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen Chris Olukolade, said that the Special Forces would continue the raids on the camps of the insurgents and would not allow them operate any base in and around the country.

He said that the main focus of the ongoing military raids was to ensure that the insurgents were prevented from establishing or reactivating any camp in the country.

“The onslaught against the terrorists is continuing in every direction, they will not be allowed to operate any base in Nigeria,” he said.



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