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Chad encouraged to intercept fleeing terrorists

17 March 2015, 09:00Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Chad has been urged to intercept terrorists that have reportedly fled defeat from Nigeria’s uniformed forces, who in recent weeks have reported significant breakthrough in the fight against the Boko Haram.

“The Chadian partners in the Multinational Joint Task Force have been mandated to undertake a pursuit of the terrorists who are believed to be heading for the borders after being dislodged from Bama,” said Major General Chris Olukolade, Director Defence Information.

More successes recorded in the so-called terror strongholds in the North East are buoying the military’s quest to eventually rid the country of the Boko Haram scourge.

On Monday, it was reported the troops finally succeeded in routing terrorists from Bama in Borno State, the area worst affected by terror.

The mission, which the Defence said was accomplished with massive casualty inflicted on the terrorists before the remnant finally fled the town, lasted days of careful manouvre and efforts to scale series of obstacles and land mines planted by terrorists who have occupied the town for months.  

Also Read: Boko Haram ousted from town, village

“Nigerian troops are continuing with cordon and search of the town and surrounding.  Arms and ammunition are being recovered as troops conduct aggressive patrol of the entire vicinity on the looking out for any terrorists who might be stranded or trying to operate elsewhere in the area,” Olukolade said.

In a related development, troops liberated Goniri, the last major stronghold of the terrorists operating in Yobe State, after days of manouvre.

Cordon and search is continuing in and around the area, which is in same Local Government Area (LGA) with Buni Yadi, where a bomb making facility was discovered in the course of cordon and search recently.

“This completes the clearing of Gujba (LGA), one of the two LGA occupied by the terrorists in Yobe State.  The other Local Government, Gulani, was finally cleared earlier in the month.  This makes Yobe the second to be successfully cleared among the three state slated for the mission to dislodge terrorists bases,” Olukolade said.

He said the comprehensive offensive aimed at clearing the terrorists from all parts of the mission area was continuing with coordinated air strikes on identified terrorists hideouts and enclaves along with ground assaults.

- CAJ News


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