JTF Kill Boko Haram Commander, 30 Others in Damaturu Raid, Arrests 10.
Soldiers attached to the Joint Task Force in Damaturu, Yobe state today killed a top lieutenant of Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Shekau, who is also a field commander of the sect in Yobe state. Identified as Bakaka, the top Boko Haram commander who has only one eye was killed along with 30 other members of the sect while 10 other members were arrested in an early morning raid on their hideout in the Kandahar and cemetery areas of the state capital by heavily armed soldiers.
JTF spokesman, Lieutenant Eli Lazarus who confirmed this in a statement today said those captured alive are now assisting security agents to trace other top members of the sect. The statement reads: “In the early hours of Sunday, 7th October 2012, men of JTF in Damaturu, Yobe State on cordon and search operation in suspected Boko Haram hideout at Kandahar and the cemetery areas of Damaturu engaged in a gun battle with the suspected terrorists.
“About thirty (30) suspected Boko Haram terrorists were killed in the battle which lasted several hours. In the battle, the notorious, one-eyed Bakaka, the field commander of Boko Haram in Damaturu and a close associate of Abubakar Shekau was killed. Ten (10) others arrested during the battle are presently assisting investigators to track other senior members of the terrorist group.
“Six (6) rifles, ninety (90) rounds of ammunition, several handsets and sim packs were recovered. Other items recovered include; knives, bows and arrows, diggers, knives and two (2) keke napep tricycles. Also, three (3) cans of IEDs recovered were detonated.
“JTF wishes to appreciate the support so far received from the peace-loving and law abiding people of Yobe State urging them to volunteer more information that will lead to arrest of other suspected terrorists. JTF further requests that people should remain calm and go about their lawful activities as efforts are geared towards ensuring the safety of lives and property”.
The statement also announced the appointment of Colonel IS Ali as the new Commander of the JTF in Yobe state. Ali is to take over from Colonel Dahiru Abdulsalam who proceeds to Defence College for further military studies. Until his recent appointment, Colonel Ali was a Deputy Director at the Army Headquarters Department of Training and Operations (DATOPS).
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