Joint Task Force kills 6 Boko Haram mil­i­tants, re­cover weapons

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

Troops of the Multi­na­tional Joint Task Force (MNJTF) on Op­er­a­tion ‘Gama Aiki’ in the Lake Chad Basin Com­mis­sion (LCBC) re­gion have am­bushed and killed six Boko Haram mil­i­tants and re­cov­ered weapons and am­mu­ni­tions.

A state­ment from MNJTF spokesman, Colonel Muham­mad Dole, said yes­ter­day that troops of Sec­tor 1 in Makary, Camer­oun, Sec­tor 3 Baga, Nige­ria; Sec­tor 2 Ba­ga­sola Chad and Sec­tor 4 in Diffa, (Niger) are mak­ing spir­ited ef­forts to con­sol­i­date on re­cent suc­cesses recorded in the bat­tle field against Boko Haram mil­i­tants.

Colonel Dole said the ef­forts were fo­cused at lay­ing am­bushes against ter­ror­ists and con­duct­ing pa­trols to block all iden­ti­fied lo­gis­tic sup­ply routes in the Area of Re­spon­si­bil­ity (AOR).

He said am­bushes by troops near Yoyo vil­lage around Kekeno and other ar­eas north of Kukawa re­sulted in the killing of six mil­i­tants, while oth­ers fled with se­vere in­juries.

He said: “Some quan­tity of arms and am­mu­ni­tions such as one GPMG, five AK 47 ri­fles, six 60mm Mor­tar Bombs, four RPG Bombs, two mag­a­zines, twenty one rounds of 7.62mm spe­cial, one un­primed IED, three IED Charg­ers and ten Mo­tor­cy­cles were re­cov­ered at the sites.”

He said dur­ing the op­er­a­tions, eight wounded sol­diers promptly evac­u­ated by Nige­rian Air Force air­craft to nearby med­i­cal cen­tre and were in sta­ble con­di­tion.

Dole added that the troops equally seized con­sign­ments of lo­gis­tic ma­te­ri­als and as­sorted drugs dur­ing the am­bushes.

The items in­clude 48 jerry cans of PMS, four rolls of cloth (un­sewn BHT uni­form), drugs and bev­er­ages, in­clud­ing the ve­hi­cles con­vey­ing them, he said.

He also said a group of fish­er­men in Tum­boun Alli vil­lage ar­rested two Boko Haram mil­i­tants with two con­cealed AK 47 ri­fles as they were try­ing to es­cape from the area and handed them over to the troops of Sec­tor 1 Makary, Camer­oun.

Dole said the Com­man­der of the MNJTF, Ma­jor Gen­eral Lamidi Adeo­sun com­mended the ef­fort of the fish­er­men and urged other com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing along the bor­der ar­eas to em­u­late them and con­tinue to co­op­er­ate with the troops.

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