JTF Troops Arrests 120 suspected Members of Boko Haram in Maiduguri
The Defence Headquarters said in Abuja on Monday that 120 suspected terrorists were arrested in Maiduguri, where they were gathered for the burial of one of their commanders who was killed in a gun battle with soldiers on Sunday.
In a statement, the Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, said the commander died in an encounter with Special Forces the previous day.
Olukolade said more towns and villages that have remained under the control of the insurgents have been taken over by the security forces.
“The Special Forces have now secured the environs of New Marte, Hausari, Krenoa, Wulgo and Chikun Ngulalo after destroying all the terrorists camps sited in the vicinity of these localities. The troops are already interacting with locals and citizens assuring them of their safety and freedom from the activities of insurgents.
“The troops are already interacting with locals and citizens, assuring them of their safety and freedom from the activities of insurgents.
“Terrorists fleeing towards Chad and Niger Republic are being contained as they have had encounter with Multi-National Joint Task Force in various locations towards the border, ” it said.
The statement said advancing troops also observed a few shallow graves believed to be those of hurriedly buried members of the terrorist group.
“In Maiduguri, about 120 terrorists were arrested as they organized burial of one of their commanders who died in an encounter with Special Forces the previous day. The arrested insurgents are in custody of the Joint Task Force where they are being interrogated”, the DHQ statement explained.
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