Nigerian Forces Clear Adamawa, Others of Boko Haram Insurgents

Troops of 33 Artillery Brigade

Troops of 33 Artillery Brigade, Nigerian Army, clearing forests

Nigerian troops on Thursday successfully cleared terrorists out of Madagali, the last major town held by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria’s Adamawa State, even as troops of the 33 Artillery Brigade, Nigerian Army, had earlier concluded the dislodgement and clearing of Boko Haram terrorists from Lame/Burra forest, which traverse Ningi and Torro Local Government Areas of Bauchi State.

The forest has been a notorious hideout of the Boko Haram terrorists from where they organize raids, kidnappings and attacks on hapless and innocent citizens and security forces.

During the operation which started since last weekend, a number of terrorists were killed; their weapons and equipment destroyed, while a sizeable number of arms, ammunitions, foodstuffs, Hilux vehicles, motorcycles and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were captured by the troops.

Assored weapons captured

Assored weapons, fragment jackets, IEDs and other accessories captured

The Director Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, a Major General, who is on a tour of mission areas in the North-East, announced via a press statement the military feat in Adamawa.

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He said there were no casualties on the side of the Nigerian forces, which included the Army, the Airforce and other security agencies.

He said mop-up operation is ongoing in Madagali town.

The ridding of Adamawa of terrorists is an extension of the string of successes the Nigerian troops have had since they commenced an extensive six-week anti-Boko Haram operation on February 14.

The troops routed terrorists from different towns and communities in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Gombe, including Bara, the headquarter of Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State, Gulak, the Headquarter of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Other locations also cleared in the course of the operation, according to the military, include Shikah, Fikayel, Tetebah, Buza, Kamla and Bumsa.

The troops also recovered Monguno, Marte, Gamboru Ngala, Dikwa and Baga among other big towns and communities.

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On Wednesday, the military announced it dislodged the Boko Haram terrorists from Lame/Bura forest between Ningi and Torro Local Government Areas of Bauchi State.

Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, said troops from 33 Brigade of the Nigerian Army cleared the area of terrorists in an operation which started last weekend.

“Quite a number of terrorists were killed, their weapons and equipment destroyed. Similarly, a sizeable number of arms, ammunitions, food stuffs, Hilux vehicles, motorcycles and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) were recovered by the troops,” Mr. Sani said.

The troops, he said, also recovered three Hilux vehicles, 12 motorcycles, four AK-47 rifles, a Fabrique Nationale rifle, one Small Machine Gun (SMG), one Police Teargas pistol, 36 Primed IEDs, 56 rifles magazines and over 500 rounds of 7.62 milimetre ammunition.

Other items recovered are six jerrycans of groundnut and palm oil and several Improvised Explosive Device-making materials, amongst others.

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The liberated area, he said, was an hideout and operating ground for the terrorists.

Meanwhile, the dislodgement and clearing of Boko Haram terrorists from Lame/Burra forest, which traverse Ningi and Torro Local Government Areas of Bauchi State led to the capture of materials from fleeing terrorist, including three Hilux vehicles, 12 motorcycles, four AK-47 assault rifles, 1 Fabrique Nationale (FN) assault rifle, one sub machine gun (SMG), one Police teargas pistol, 36 primed IEDs, 56 rifle magazines, over 500 rounds of 7.62 milimetre ammunition, six jerry cans of groundnut and palm oil and several IED-making materials amongst others.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General KTJ Minimah, commended the troops for the professional manner in which clearance of the forest was achieved.
With the clearing of the Lame/Burra Forest, the surrounding communities are expected to enjoy increased peace and security in their respective areas, military authorities said.

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