Army pounds boko haram positions …Liberates seized Borno towns

A mop-up operation is now going on in the communities in Borno State which were liberated after the soldiers pounded the Boko Haram locations in a military offensive, killing more than 300 of them and capturing scores of others.

Major Gen. Chris Olukolade, the director of Defence Information, who issued a statement recently on the success of the soldiers after a two-day sustained onslaught, said that about 11 communities were recaptured while military equipment were also repossessed.

The latest fighting comes as the tide has appeared to turn against Boko Haram, with neighbouring countries plagued by cross border attacks weighing in against the insurgents.

Amid growing global concern, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin are preparing a 8,700-strong force to fight the Islamists.

“Weapons and equipment were also captured and some destroyed,” Major-General Chris Olukolade said of the latest fighting. “However, two soldiers lost their lives while 10 others were wounded.”

The Defence spokesman said there has been an aggressive patrol by the troops of the communities which include Monguno, Gabchari, Abba Jabari, Zuntur, Gajigana, Gajiram, Damakar, Kumaliwa, Bosso Wanti, Jeram and Kabrisungul.

Cameroonian forces supported by Chad’s air force carried out air strikes and used heavy artillery against Boko Haram in the village of Gourgouroon, on the Nigeria-Cameroon border, Cameroon army spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck said.

Monguno is a strategic town on the shores of Lake Chad where the four countries meet. More than 5,000 people fled the town after the insurgents seized it last month.

Olukolade said troops had seized five types of armoured fighting vehicles, an anti-aircraft gun, 50 cases of bombs, eight different types of machine guns, some 50 cases of ammunition and 300 motorcycles the rebels use to launch attacks.

Chadian troops cleared Boko Haram out of the Nigerian town of Gamburu earlier this month. Niger soldiers shot dead a suicide bomber suspected of belonging to Boko Haram on Monday after he tried to detonate an explosive belt near a military post in the town of Bagara in southern Niger.




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