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Army offensive against Boko Haram leads to recovery of arms cache

THE Nigerian army said its troops in the North East have continued to carry out offensive attacks against Boko Haram in compliance with the directives of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

One of such offensives yielded results on Thursday, November 29, as it led to the recovery of large cache of arms and ammunition belonging to the insurgents.

“The gallant troops carried out offensive patrols on two fronts. Ngala Bridge and Gamboru town towards Boko Haram withdrawal routes along Wurge village in Borno State,” an army statement on Friday read.

“On sighting the troops, the terrorists who were massing up for a possible attack abandoned their logistics stores and equipment and fled.”

Items recovered by the troops include one AK 47 Rifle with Reg No 819044, 2 AK 47 Magazine, 443 rounds of 12.7MM, 94 rounds of PKT, 16 rounds of 7.62 MM NATO, four RPG Bombs, one RPG Charge, one AA Telescopic Sight, and one AA Top cover.

Others include one clearing rod, one Hilux GT, two Motorcycles, one Boko Haram Flag, two blankets, one Praying mat, one mosquito net, 10 Motorcycle spare tubes, one Tool Box , one Towing cable, one Camel bag, three watermelon, three tins of milk, two bottle of  Maltina drink, two  Satchets of sugar and groundnut, one first aid kit, one MP3 Player, and three Jerry cans.

In recent weeks, the Nigerian Army has endured setbacks in the counter-insurgency operations in the North East, a development the army leadership attributes to the insurgents’ introduction of drones and foreign mercenaries in their attacks.

The army, however, assured that it was reviewing its operations to better respond to the emerging challenges in order to maintain its momentum against the terrorists.

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