Troops Capture Child Soldiers, Identify Mercenaries Fighting for Boko Haram
Nigerian troops currently battle Boko Haram insurgents in Adamawa have reportedly captured some child soldiers fighting for the terrorists group.
The troops reportedly captured the child soldiers during a battle with the insurgents.
A source said the captured child soldiers were being interrogated.
It was also gathered that among those fighting for Boko Haram are suspected foreign mercenaries said to be “fair” in complexion and do not look like Nigerians.
Troops and those displaced in Bama, Gwoza, Madagali, Michika, Marte, Gulak and Mubi have seen the mercenaries and child soldiers.
It is not clear where the mercenaries came from, but a source said they are being investigated.
“These claims are already being investigated by the military and security agencies in order to ascertain whether they are from neighbouring countries or they were drawn from the pool of Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb(AQIM),” the source said, adding:
“So, you need to appreciate the large scale dimension which the war the troops are waging against the insurgents has taken.
“There will be a lot of intelligence gathering on the discovery in order to ascertain those behind these insurgents and sources of their arms and back-up.”
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