We Are Making Progress Against Boko Haram – Nigerian Army

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A Nigerian commander exchanging views with his Cameroonian counterpart

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THE Nigerian Army troops in the various sectors of the fight against terrorism and insurgency in the north east are making tremendous progress.

On Friday, February 12, a patrol team from 5 Brigade, traversing Dogon Gida and New Marte stepped on an undetected Improvised Explosive Device, IED, buried by suspected Boko Haram terrorists. In the incident, four soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries and their vehicle was badly damaged. The wounded soldiers were evacuated by the Nigeria Air Force.

Nevertheless, the team has been reinforced and have continued their patrols until to fish out the perpetrators and neutralise them.

According to a statement issued by Sani Kukasheka Usman, a colonel and acting director, Army public relations, the military has also has strengthened its cooperation with Nigerian neighbours by working with Cameroonian forces to carry out clearance operation against the Boko Haram terrorists around Ngoshe village.

Recovered IED materials
Recovered IED materials

While the Cameroonian troops carried out the clearance, their Nigerian counterparts provided blocking forces at strategic points where they decisively dealt with fleeing terrorists that tried to escape.

“Consequently, troops of 121 Task Force Battalion also advanced to Mararraba, Angwan Fada, Dale, Wizha, Bokko Timit, Bokko Nasanu, Bokko Hide, up to Ngoshe village where they linked up with the Cameroonians.

“During the operations all Boko Haram terrorists’ enclaves within the area were cleared. In the process, the troops killed 10 Boko Haram terrorists and also rescued 45 persons which included 17 women and 28 children.

Nigerian commander and his Cameroonian counterparts sharing bottles of water to quench thirst
Nigerian commander and his Cameroonian counterparts sharing bottles of water to quench thirst

“The troops also discovered that the terrorists cratered the road linking Pulka, Mararraba and Ngoshe and safely detonated 5 IEDs buried by the terrorists. In addition, they also destroyed an IED manufacturing workshop in the village. They also cleared Sino village,” Usman said.

The Army spokesman also disclosed that the Cameroonian forces had also knocked out Boko Haram terrorists gun trucks, raided and cleared several IED making factories along the border towns.

— Feb 15, 2016 @ 14:00 GMT

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