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Soldiers apprehend insurgents attempting to escape to Cameroon

28 March 2014, 12:40

Abuja - The military on Thursday said it had apprehended a group of insurgents attempting to escape to Cameroon through Taraba and Adamawa borders.

The information is contained in a statement issued by Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Director, Defence Information and Coordinator of Joint Information Centre, Counter terrorism Campaign.

Olukolade said the insurgents were attacked by troops on patrol of the areas in the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign.

He said the terrorists were trapped following the ongoing offensive launched by troops along the borders.

“Some of them could no longer bear the hunger in their make-shift camps at the forest.

“Those apprehended led the troops to some hideouts where fierce fighting ensued and seven terrorists died, while Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), rifles and 70 motorcycles were recovered.''

The director said "a similar encounter in Gumbi also led to the death of four other terrorists.''

He added that sustained patrols and searches by the Joint Task Force had led to the arrest of more insurgents, including a heavily armed suspect, who claimed dual nationalities of Chad and Burkina-Faso.

Olukolade said the suspect was arrested with different calibre of arms and ammunition along the Chad border.

The defence spokesman said members of the task force were patrolling areas around the Lake Chad, including Kwatan, Kanwa, Kwatan Yobe and other areas to apprehend more of the insurgents. 


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