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Nigerian Military Kills Top Boko Haram Commander
The defense headquarters in Nigerian has said that it has killed a top commander of the Boko Haram terrorist group in a military operation in Borno State.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the defense spokesman, Chris Olukolade, a Major General, the military said that the terrorist commander, whose name was given as Abu Mojahid, was killed on Tuesday at the outskirts of Alagarmo in Borno State when insurgent fighters attacked Nigerian troops on patrol in the area.
“A notorious top terrorist commander, Abu Mojahid was among the terrorists that died in their encounter with troops in the outskirt of Alagarno, Tuesday morning. The terrorists had staged a daring attack on troops who were on patrol of the area,” Olukolade stated.
He said further that other Boko Haram insurgents were killed along with Mojahid when their attack was repelled by Nigerian soldiers, adding that “Rocket Propelled Grenades as well as vehicle mounted Anti-Aircraft guns were either captured or destroyed in the encounter.”
The defense spokesman stated that the military was continuing with “offensive action” on identified terrorists hideouts in some forest locations and that “aggressive patrols, mopping up as well as cordon and search are also continuing in the other locations in search for weapons and terrorists.”
He disclosed that the terrorists had planted explosive devices, including land mines, on the way to deter advancing troops but that they were being carefully cleared as troops continue to pursue fleeing insurgents.