Troops recapture more Borno, Yobe towns as Damasak battle continues

By Post Nigeria March 16, 2015 09:25

Troops recapture more Borno, Yobe towns as Damasak battle continues

The Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, has revealed that the Nigerian Military once again recorded victory against Boko Haram insurgents over the weekend.

He said that this was possible through a combined operation of the Air Force and ground forces which dislodged terrorists from more communities in Borno and Yobe States.

Olukolade said the Air Force had carried out several attack missions on identified terrorist enclaves in the operational areas.

He added that ground forces had gone in to commence simultaneous mopping up operations in the areas pounded by the Air Force planes.

“Air Force pounding of identified terrorist hideouts is continuing in some locations in Yobe and Borno states as part of the ongoing campaign against terror.

“Several sorties are being flown either in conjunction with ongoing ground assault by troops or to dislodge any concentration of terrorists as follow-up to intelligence reports.

“Simultaneous mopping up operations are also ongoing in the areas already operated upon by Nigerian Air Force,” he said.

In a related development, reports on Sunday revealed that troops were engaged in a fierce battle with the Boko Haram insurgents to recapture Damasak, a border town between Nigeria and Niger Republic.

Sources confirmed that in the battle, the Military had the upper hand, as soldiers push to recapture Damasak, one of the boisterous border towns of Borno State, where farm produce like beans, pepper and tomatoes are produced in commercial quantity.