By Our Correspondent
Degraded and disorganized Boko Haram jihadists now invade remote areas of Borno State slaughtering innocent citizens by slitting their throats before emptying their food stores and taking away their cattle.
The Nigerian Army has sealed all the bandits’ supply routes leaving them wandering in the vast Sahara region without food and water.
According to AFP, at least 30 people have been killed in fresh Boko Haram attacks on two villages in the Northeast region of the country.
Although the military has dealt ruthlessly with the rampaging sect, they still have the capacity to attack soft targets in Borno. Only last week the knife and gun-totting jihadists on bikes and vans invaded the remote village of Yakshiri and Kachifa killing 30 people in two separate attacks. A local vigilante assisting the military in the fight against the insurgents told AFP that Yakshiri was attacked on Saturday last week around 9.30 am with the assailants slaughtering 22 residents before they raided Kachifa where they killed eight people.
“We believe the same group carried out the two attacks in both villages” the vigilante said.
Dozens of people have been killed in Boko Haram attacks in recent weeks near Maiduguri, capital of Borno State.
Meanwhile soldiers from Cameroun have retaken Nigeria’s North-East town of Goshi from Boko Haram, killing 162 militants in a weekend operation, Cameroun’s government has said.
Communications Minister, Issa Tchiroma Bakary said Cameroun Special Forces also freed about 100 people being held by the extremists, including Camerounians and Nigerians. He said two members of Cameroun’s military were killed.
Bakary said the operation from February 11 to February 14 destroyed several bomb factories and two training centres in the former Boko Haram strong-hold, and soldiers seized vehicles, weapons and ammunition.
Amnesty International has said Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people in its six-year insurgency in the North-East and some part of the country.
Also, Camerounjan forces handed over some insurgents to the military near Gwoza town in Borno.
Commander of Camer-ounian 1st Battalion while on a courtesy visit to their Nigerian counterpart at 121 Task Force Battalion in Pulka near Gwoza, about 140 kilometres South-East of Maiduguri, handed over two suspected Boko Haram terrorists to the Nigerian unit.
Acting Director of Army Public Relations unit, Col. Sard Usman confirmed the development in a statement yesterday-
Regardless, soldiers on counter-insurgency operations in the North-East have rescued 350, persons held captive by the Boko haram terrorists group.
Among those released were five girls of Camerounian indigenes abducted by the terrorists.
Usman, who made this known yesterday in Abuja, said the abducted persons were rescued by troops of 7 Division Garrison, 112 Battalion, Army Headquarters Support Group and elements of Armed Forces Special Forces, while on a joint fighting patrol to suspected Boko Haram terrorists enclave.
He listed some of the terrorists enclaves destroyed by the soldiers to include Gajibo, Maula, Gamai, Gamare, Maiwa, War-sale, Tangli, Tushi, Sowa,
Hasanari, Changuwa, Malamaja and Marya towns all in Mafa and Dikwa Local Governments Areas of Borno State.
During the operation, Usman said five members of the terrorists group were killed; one AK-47 rifle, 10 motorcycles and one logistic truck belonging to the terrorists were recovered
He also said soldiers in another operation carried out at Yakshari village, off Wajiroko along Ajigin-Talala Road and Korode, destroyed the terrorists’ strongholds in the area where they abandoned six motorcycles and beans looted from the inhabitants of the area on sighting the soldiers.
Usman, further stated that the soldiers also recovered another 21 motorcycles and the Boko Haram terrorists flag hoisted at Korode.