17 Boko Haram Strongholds in Borno Now Under Military’s Control
At least 17 towns and villages in Borno state allegedly controlled by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect have been captured by troops deployed State by the federal government under the state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday have captured.
The troops upon arriving the state on Tuesday night quickly swung into action in the affected communities with the removal of the Boko Haram flags used in replacing Nigeria’s National Flag that the insurgents removed. They further engaged members of the sect in a series of gun battle that chased the insurgents out of the communities.
The affected communities where the Boko Haram sect used as hideouts before the arrival of Nigerian troops sources said include New Marte, Kirenuwa, Zabamari, Zambiza Forest, Mafa, Baga, Bama, Banki, Woloji, Gulumba, Gamboru-Ngala, Damasak, Malam Fatori, Abadam, Gashigar, Kukawa, Monguno, among others.
Prior to the entry of the troops to the towns and villages, whose number sources said ranges between 4,000 to 10,000, upon the declaration of a state of emergency by President Jonathan announced, some residents of the areas suspected to be Boko Haram havens started relocating to neighbouring towns and states.
Commenting on other operations carried out by the military in the state, a senior military official, Brig-Gen. Olu Kolade, from Defence Headquarters, confirmed that the troops had cleared the Zambiza Forest while other camps were receiving similar treatment.
The actual number of causalities involved in the military expenditure could not be established. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said yesterday that at least 30 militants had been killed during air raids on their training camps in the north-east.
It said an army spokesman hinted that jets and helicopter gunships had been used to attack several camps, adding that a plane had been hit by anti-aircraft fire but had managed to return to base.
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