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Army makes more breakthroughs against Boko Haram

26 October 2015, 07:45Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Nigerian Army has announced the destruction of all Boko Haram camps and enclaves in Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu in Borno State.

Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, said this was in continuation of troops’ efforts to defeat Boko Haram terrorists in the country.

He said troops of the 5 Brigade Nigerian Army had been making tremendous progress and had been able to comprehensively destroy all Boko Haram camps and enclaves at the border towns of Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu as well as their contiguous villages in Borno State.

During the operation which is ongoing, troops discovered and destroyed over 20 well fortified terrorist camps in the general area of Kerenowa, Usman said.

The Army spokesman disclosed that the camps were at the gateway to Kerenoa, Gumada and Dogon Gida.

He said the terrorists had dug twin tunnels to conceal their facilities and routes in and out of the camp to evade aerial reconnaissance and bombardment.

“Among facilities  discovered were training areas equipped with instructional and training materials that include wooden guns, amongst others,” Usman added.

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He said the troops have also cleared Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) along the road linking Marte, New Marte and Kerenowa.

Usman added that the terrorists lacked the will to fight as they were in disarray, abandoning their camps fleeing and leaving behind vehicles, solar panels used to power devices, food and other logistics, beddings, various IED making devices, cables and cords.

Usman said the advancing troops’ morale d very high and they exuded confidence and zeal to destroy all known Boko Haram camps along their axis of advance and reiterated the call on citizens to remain confident in the ability of the troops.

“We still reiterate our call for citizens to remain confident in the ability of our troops to eliminate all remaining vestiges of the terrorists before the year runs out in line with Presidential directives."

Citizens have also requested to provide useful and credible information to the military about any known terrorist or sympathisers, he said. 

- CAJ News


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