The Nigerian army has said that it has recently killed 37 Boko Haram members and captured 23 insurgents.
Major-General Yusha’u Abubakar, the commander of the 'Operation Lafiya Dole’ said that troops also cleared many of their camps and recovered weapons and ammunition of various types.
Abubakar said in Gubumbali and surroundings the army killed 10 insurgents and freed the town.
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He said: “Also in Boboshe village near Durkwa the troops successfully dislodged Boko Haram terrorists and recovered 2 Buffalo vehicles, 2 Hilux vehicles, 2 AA Guns, 3 81mm mortar tubes, assorted ammo including 3 81mm bombs,101 rounds of 6mm bombs, 20 boxes of 12.7mm ammo, 21 RPG bombs, large quantity of Shilka Rds and a large quantity of 7.62mm Special Rds.”
According to the commander in Gasarwa village which is between Maiduguri and Monguno town, the army killed 18 Boko Haram members and seized 2 AK 47 rifles, 1 GPMG, 1 RPG,7 bombs, 1 box of 7.62mm special and 2 GPMG belts.
“The troops in harbour at Kardewa village were attacked by the terrorists but the attack was successfully repelled and the troops recovered 25 motorcycles, 40 Boko Haram flags,10 grinding machines and an IED making factor. Additional Boko Haram enclaves at Anguwan Fulani Rugo, Anguwan Fulani Kaderwa, Dure Fadagwe Christian, Fdacwe Muni and Balazala were destroyed,” he noted.
“The terrorists had launched several rockets from Bulabulin Balgawe Ajiri in an attempt to break into Maiduguri but our troops moved forward with coordinated artillery fire support and the attack was successfully repelled.”
During the last week, according to him, troops fought insurgents at Ngumnari village, killed two militants and found 1 AK 47 rifle and seized 1 dane gun. Abubakar added that the troops killed one Madu Abubakar who was suspected to be spying for the terrorists. The suspect hid in the midst of 30 women and tried to flee during interrogation but was killed.
The major-general said that the soldiers also demolished Boko Haram food stores along the Kukawa- Gudumbali line.
Abubakar said troops arrested 17 suspected insurgents in Geidam and Katarko and all of them were being interrogated.
While military officials say Boko Haram’s capacity to seize and hold entire towns is lessened, the sect is still carrying out suicide bombings and other targeted attacks throughout the region.
Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court has listed eight crimes against humanity that have been committed by the Nigerian army and the Boko Haram group during the last six years of the group's insurgency in Nigeria.