Troops Intercept Boko Haram Terrorist Families Escaping from Sambisa

  • As MNJTF launches Operation Gama Aiki in northern Borno
  • 31 terrorists killed, several weapons recovered
  • 2 soldiers killed, 12 injured

Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Nigerian military has intercepted families of the Boko Haram terrorists escaping from the onslaught and clearance operations in Sambisa Forest towards the northern part of Borno State

This is coming as the troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have launched Operation Gama Aiki, aimed at stopping the relocation of the terrorists towards the northern part of the state and to flush them out from the Lake Chad basin area bordering Chad and Niger Republics.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement on Wednesday, said that the troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion deployed at an observation post had in the early hours of Wednesday sighted a group of persons approaching its check point at Liwanti village along Damboa-Bulabulin road, Borno State.

On arrival, Usman said, they were received and treated humanely based on International Humanitarian Laws and Rules of Engagement.

He however, said that on preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the 69 of them were indeed family members of Boko Haram terrorists escaping from Sambisa.

“Out of that number, seven of them are men, 18 women, seven grown up boys and 37 children,” he stated. “At the initial state of interrogation, they claimed to have escaped from Boko Haram terrorists captivity at Ngwalimari village in Sambisa forest general area. But further interrogation revealed otherwise.”