The Nigerian military, in a follow up operation to ensure proper clearance of suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts and prevent the fleeing terrorists from escaping the Operation Crackdown in Sambisa Forest, has raided the terrorists from about eight villages in some parts of Borno State.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement yesterday said the troops of the 155 Task Force Battalion, last Wednesday evening, carried out a swift clearance operation at Kircha Dungus village and surrounding areas.
During the operation, Usman said the troops encountered pockets of Boko Haram terrorists in which four of them were killed while others fled leaving behind four women and a child. He said the troops had rescued and evacuated them for screening and further rehabilitation. “While checking the general area, the troops further discovered a pair of military desert camouflage uniform and a Boko Haram terrorists’ flag hoisted in the village.
They also recovered a generator set and a water pumping machine,” he stated. In the same vein, the DAPR said the troops of 7 Division Strike Group Team B attached to 21 Brigade have braved harsh climatic conditions to also clear seven villages of Boko Haram terrorists presence the North-east area of Kumshe village.
He listed the villages to include Mulfuta, Baibawa, Jenere, Bembem, Maksamari, Bula Kafie and Bula Bodi.
Usman revealed that while advancing to Jenere, the troops encountered some Boko Haram terrorists elements who engaged the troops in a fierce battle. “The troops were able to kill two terrorists, wounded several others and continued with their patrol to Jenere-Hausari,” he said.
Usman revealed that the troops have discovered that Boko Haram terrorists now evolved new tactics of evading surveillance by drones and aircrafts, adding that: “They now hide in makeshift camps covered with shrubs.” In the operations, he said the troops recovered some motorcycles, two Dane guns, large quantity of foodstuffs stored in a well-constructed storage facility and solar panels.
He said: “Thereafter, the troops proceeded to Bembem, where the suspected Boko Haram terrorists also laid an ambush for them.
It was however cleared successfully although a soldier sustained gunshot wound during the clearance. He has been evacuated and receiving treatment.
“The team discovered and rescued some hostages held by the Boko Haram terrorists in the area. Although the patrol team did not encounter any terrorists in Maksamari, they made a very rewarding recovery of an invaluable communication gadget.
“Through it, the troops discovered the terrorists new tactics and dispositions. “In a related development, troops of the newly created 8 Task Force Division have commenced operations in earnest.
“The formations and units under its command have equally been involved in clearance operations through daily patrols, raids and offensive actions against remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.”
The Army Spokesman also said the troops of 153 Task Force Battalion conducted aggressive patrol to Gudusuri, Malalewa, Khadaamari, Rundi and Mugu villages in northern parts of Borno State.
He stressed that even though the forces did not encounter Boko Haram terrorists in the area, they recovered five vehicles, six motorcycles and one Boko Haram t