Musdapha Ilo -Maiduguri
The Nigerian Army says it killed over 30 insurgents in weekend raids on Boko Haram camps and hideouts in Borno state.
A press statement issued by the acting Army spokesman, 7 Division, Aliyu Ibrahim Danja, a captain, indicated that the insurgents were killed in both air and ground attacks on their bases and hideouts over the weekend.
“In continuation with the fight against terrorism in Borno State, troops of 7 Division launched Pre-emotive attacks on Boko Haram concentration at Izza Town of Borno State in the afternoon on October 6 2013,” the spokesman said.
“The operation which involved air strikes and ground attacks on Boko Haram terrorists was conducted following a report by military intelligence about plans by the terrorists to attack Bama town.”
According to Denja, 5 Hilux vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft guns conveying terrorists’ and one 18 seaters bus conveying the terrorists’ stores were destroyed in the raid.
The statement said further that a related development, “troops of 7 Division pursued and engaged Boko Haram terrorists who fled Damboa town following encounter with security forces on October 5 to Ajigi and Kafa. 30 of the terrorists were killed including a prominent leader (Amir) of the sect who was believed to be leading the attack on Damboa.”
Danja said the 7 division is currently conducting aggressive operations on terrorists’ location along Maiduguri-Damaturu road in order to ensure safety of citizens not only within towns and villages but also those plying roads within the its area of responsibility.
The military said the clampdown was to frustrate a planned attack on Bama town by the outlawed sect.