Mil­i­tary trains mo­bile strike team against B/Haram am­bushes

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hamisu Kabir Matazu (Da­maturu) & Ibrahim Sawab (Maiduguri)

The Nige­rian mil­i­tary yes­ter­day said it has con­cluded plans to train a mo­bile strike team among per­son­nel of the Nige­ria Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nige­ria Po­lice fight­ing Boko Haram in the North-East.

The Min­is­ter of De­fense, Mansur Mo­hammed DanAli, said yes­ter­day that the Nige­rian Army Spe­cial Forces School would be­gin the train­ing of the mo­bile strike team to counter Boko Haram ter­ror­ists’ am­bushes against fight­ing troops in the North­east

The min­is­ter said this at the Nige­rian Army Spe­cial Forces School, Buni Yadi, in Yobe State, re­it­er­at­ing that

the min­istry was start­ing the pro­gramme for the Po­lice and per­son­nel of the NSCDC to re­lieve the mil­i­tary spe­cial strike task­force.

““In the school, troops will lean about am­bush, anti am­bush risks, and counter am­bush strate­gies to fin­ish the war. The pi­lot train­ing will be in Bama, where the NSCDC and the Po­lice will take some of the key ar­eas of the op­er­a­tion. My visit was de­signed to ap­praise the train­ing of the coun­terin­sur­gency school. I have spent a lot of time to go round and lis­ten to their prob­lems with a view to ad­dress­ing them. You must be aware that in re­cent times, there have been fre­quent am­bush at­tacks and sui­cide bomb­ings by Boko Haram in­sur­gents. We are here with the Chief of Army Staff to adopt new strate­gies by train­ing and re-train­ing our troops on how to re­spond to quick at­tacks and dis­man­tle am­bushes. The anti-am­bush, shoot­ing range and pa­trol drills are some of the new strate­gies adopted to re­spond to at­tacks by the in­sur­gents,’’ the min­is­ter said.

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