The Nation (Nigeria)

Fleeing Boko Haram fighters, family members arrested in Borno

- From Okodili Ndidi, Abuja

SOME suspected memsbers of Boko Haram terrorists have been arrestthre­e ed with members of their families by troops of the 151 Taskforce in Borno State. The insurgents were allegedly fleeing when they were apprehende­d by troops on the outskirts of Aza and Bula Daloye villages in Bama Local Government Area of the state.

Army Public Relations Director Brig.-gen. Onyema Nwachukwu identified the suspects as 11 adults (all male).

In a statement, the Army spokesman informed that the insurgents were escaping from their enclaves, following continuous bombardmen­t of their hideouts by troops of the battalion.

The statement reads: “In a concerted effort to ensure terrorists are cleared within their area of responsibi­lity, troops of 151 Task Force Battalion recently staged an ambush operation on an identified terrorists’ crossing point along Banki Junction - Miyanti road to prevent movement of terrorists’ logistics and replenishm­ent.

“At the ambush site, the vigilant troops came in contact with the unsuspecti­ng terrorists and neutralise­d BHTS, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

“In a separate operation, troops of 151 Task Force Battalion (Bn) in 21 Special Brigade area of operationa­l responsibi­lity on 15 July, 2021 arrested suspected members of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTS) and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) who surrendere­d to troops along with their families, while fleeing their enclaves, following continuous bombardmen­t of their hideouts by troops of the Battalion.”

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