Boko Haram: Troops Storm Alagarno Forest, rescue 63

Troops clearing Boko Haram hideouts
Troops clearing Boko Haram hideout

Nigerian troops on Thursday continued its clearance operations of Boko Haram locations in the North east, in the process killing many insurgents, rescuing about 63 persons and recovering items including weapons, motorcycles, food stuff and vehicles.

In one operation, troops from the 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion of 25 Task Force Brigade, 7 Division Nigerian Army,  working on a tip off cleared Boko Haram locations in Alagarno forest in Borno State.

The Alagarno Forest is one of the insurgents most secure locations in the region and is touted to be their ‘spiritual base’.

The army said in a statement signed by its spokesman, Sani Usman Kukasheka that the troops succeeded in destroying terrorists’ camps at Mosa, Ariwuzumari and Kagalmari, as well as Missene, Joba, Yajiwa and Sansan all in the in the forest area.



    Apart from clearing the camps the Army spokesman said that the troops killed “quite a number of terrorists and recovered Boko Haram terrorists’ flags hoisted on some premises destroyed their logistics base.”

    He added that 31 motorcycles, assorted foodstuffs, a donkey and a pick up van, AK-45 rifle and a Dane gun were recovered at the camps.

    Also recovered were two boxes of 7.62mm ammunition, four loaded AK 47 rifle magazines of and two magazines packs.  In a second operation, troops from the Special Forces Team B, 7 Division Garrison, also cleared Boko Haram hideout at Lawin Meleri,  Matiri Bulaka  and Aljeri villages, where they killed 63 persons held captive and killing five insurgents.

    Kukasheka said that the soldiers detonated one Improvised Explosive Device, IED, and also recovered one Dane gun and one light machine gun bipod stand.


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