In Konduga Council of Borno State, Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) troops and the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) have neutralized a Boko Haram leader and 31 more militants.
When soldiers assaulted the militants’ stronghold in the Kayamari-Habasha-Yuwe axis of Sambisa Forest on Saturday, they murdered the leader, Abu Iliya.
Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency specialist in the Lake Chad area, said in Maiduguri yesterday that the forces’ success was the result of an intelligence-led patrol of the terrorists’ bases in three villages.
He said that during a counteroffensive patrol in Yuwe village, “the military made touch with the terrorists,” which resulted in a protracted fire fight.
The rebels were defeated by the soldiers, according to a military source in Maiduguri, while other terrorists fled in disorder as they came under heavy fire.
According to the source, the terrorists’ weapons and other property in the villages were abandoned as a result of the hard combat that lasted for more than an hour.
50 bicycles found in the hideaway were also destroyed by the soldiers, according to Makama.
The newly appointed Theatre Commander of OPHK, Major General Ibrahim Ali, committed to support the forces’ efforts to put an end to the insurgency. To combat terrorism, which has caused significant loss of life and property in the area, he added, all hands must be on deck.
“There is more to be done by forces in routing the remains of Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) rebels in the forest and area,” Ali said as he assumed his new position at a ceremony in Maiduguri over the weekend.