Nigerian Army reveals details of levelled Boko Haram camp

By Amako Nneji July 30, 2015 18:03

Nigerian Army reveals details of levelled Boko Haram camp

Right in the thick of the battle against insurgency, the Nigerian Army on Thursday announced a major victory after descending heavily on a Boko Haram camp with the troops of 21 Brigade clearing the the insurgents’ hideout at Chuogori and Shantumari in Borno State.

The Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka said in a statement that the raid led to a large number of the disorganized suffering heavy casualties.

    “As part of efforts to rid Nigeria of Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 21 Brigade and elements of Nigerian Army Engineers yesterday cleared a notorious terrorists camp at Chuogori and Shantumari, Borno State.

    “During the offensive operations the fleeing terrorists left underground silos. In addition, troops of 151 Task Force Battalion conducted operations on Kashingeri, Wale and Kushingari Boko Haram terrorists camps today.

    Underground grain silos

    “During the raids, quite a number of the terrorists were killed; a Landrover vehicle and a Tipper were recovered.’’

The report added: “The troops also rescued 59 civilians that were held captive by the terrorists and cleared the camps.”

Rescued captives

The clamp down on the insurgents came on the heels of a successful operation of the Nigerian Air Force which successfully blocked the routes through which petroleum products and other materials were supplied to the extremist sect.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Director Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Dele Alonge, disclosed that the Air Force had “greatly strained the supply efforts of the Boko Haram terrorists.”

Alonge, an Air Commodore had said, “The Nigerian Air Force ,NAF, through its intensified and persistent efforts in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram Terrorists has intercepted over 4,000 drums and jerry cans of petroleum products and other smuggled items.

    “The items, suspected to be supplies meant for BHT, were confiscated from the smugglers in Pepe, Dashin-Hausa, Belel Bilachi, and Konkul villages located along the Nigeria-Cameroon Borders on Tuesday, 28 July 2015.

    “The NAF was able to achieve the recent feat through its air patrol activities, covering both land and water, along the Nigeria-Cameroon boarders.

    “The NAF has continued to identify and destroy BHT camps and resupplies by employing surveillance and combat aircraft. Intelligence gathered revealed that these efforts have greatly strained the supply efforts of the BHT.”

Buhari, had on July, 27 on the Good Morning Nigeria aired by the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA criticized the Air Force for lack of fire power in supporting the ground troop in the on-going war against terrorism.

    “The Air force is virtually non – existent. The fixed wings aircraft are not very serviceable. The helicopters are not serviceable and they are too few.

    “We need Air Force to conduct reconnaissance and support the ground troops.

    “We have made this clear to the Americans and we have made it clear to G7 and we need their cooperation.”

See: Boko Haram: Buhari blames Airforce for regression under him

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