Troops Ambush B/Haram Members Going Into Sambisa

Some of the items recovered from the insurgents
Some of the items recovered from the insurgents

By Samuel Malik

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the early hours of Sunday ambushed Boko Haram members, who were carrying weapons, motorcycle, bycicles and other items into Sambisa Forest from Komala and Musafanari axis.

According to army spokesperson, Sani Usman, two insurgents were killed while two soldiers were injured and airlifted for treatment at a military medical facility.



    “The troops also recovered  2 AK-47 rifles with registration numbers  565214175 and  5-65399 respectively, 4 AK-47 rifle magazines fully loaded, 25 litres of petrol, as well as assorted food items.

    “They also recovered a motorcycle and 2 bicycles among other items from the terrorists,” the army said.

    A key strategy adopted by the Nigerian military in the counterinsurgency operation is denying access to Boko Haram members to and from Sambisa, thereby limiting the group’s capabilities. By taking over towns and villages surrounding the forest, the army is ensuring that those inside the forest do not come out and those outside do not go in.

    Troops identify several crossings and roads used by the insurgents to access and leave the forest, and conduct stakeout, including ambushes. Several insurgents have been killed or apprehended and valuable supplies intercepted using these tactics.

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