Boko Haram in Trouble,Army Launches Major Assaults
Troops of 217, 144 Tank Battalion and 29 Task Force Brigade of Army;
have neutralised a dozen terrorists with the rescue of 465 people in
Kopa and Jakana/Mainok axis of Borno, Adamawa states.
During the two-day military operations, the troops also arrested six
Boko Haram insurgents in the axis of Konduga Council of Borno state.
Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu Sunday stated in
Maiduguri that; “Our military operations were jointly coordinated by
Army Task Forces and Battalions between January 2 and 4, 2020.”
He said on January 2, some criminal Boko Haram insurgents attempted
again to infiltrate the Michika Township in Adamawa state.
According to him, he attempted infiltration was to wreak havoc on
innocent and law abiding residents of Michika.
He said the troops swiftly rose in defense of town, by repelling
attack, before killing six Boko Haram terrorists that had been
hibernating in the Mandara Mountains.
On insurgents’ infiltration, he said: “The criminals went to the town
in Gun Trucks and motorcycles late afternoon.
“They began to shoot sporadically that caused uproar in the peaceful community.
“The attacks compelled residents to scamper for safety, before the
troops repelled the insurgents on the border township with Cameroon.”
“The courageous troops immediately mobilized, blocked and engaged the
criminals with overwhelmingly superior firepower,” adding insurgents
were forced to abandon their heinous intentions to retreat in disarray
with high casualties of men and equipment.
According to Iliyasu; “Unconfirmed numbers of dead and wounded
criminal elements were believed to have been hauled away by the
He said the evacuation of dead and wounded terrorists were indicated
by traces of their blood found along their withdrawal routes towards
the mountain and forest.
He said other arms and ammunition recovered, include a Gun Truck
mounted with anti-aircraft Gun, two AK 47 Rifles, four AK 47 Rifle
magazines, two motorcycles and a machete, some quantities of
provision, food items, drugs as well as Improvised Explosives Devices
On Kopa village attack, Iliyasu said: “In a related development;
troops of 144 Battalion responded to a distress call on an impending
Boko Haram criminals’ attack on Kopa Village in Madagali LGA, Adamawa
“They encountered a Boko Haram criminals’ ambush established to
prevent troops counter action against their assailment on the
He said the troops cleared the ambush as well as the subsequent
meeting engagement which they had with the criminals’ main body in the
He said that several arms and ammunition were captured, including a
gun truck and two motorcycles and 36 hand grenades.
According to him; “Regrettably, an officer and a soldier were wounded
in action in the two encounters,”
While the wounded, he added; were evacuated to a military medical
facility for treatment.
Iliyasu said one of the recently inducted locally produced Mine
Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, are an indigenous
pro-force and reliable fighting machine.
He said they are deployed to provide mobility, protection and fire
power for troops in Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad region.
Troops, therefore, had to vigorously combed Matiri, Sheworam,
Charikwenti, Burmari and Goni Bukarti in forest axis.
He said after the six-hour operations, six suspected insurgents were arrested.
On rescued civilians, he said: “There was an astonishing number of 461
Boko Haram captives comprising 100 men, 154 women and 207 children
were rescued,” noting that they were held captives in their
He said the children were immunized against polio by Buratai
Intervention Task Force Imitative of Army.
“The rescued people have been promptly evacuated and handed over to
officials of Borno State Internally Displaced Persons.
Similarly, troops of 159 Task Force Battalion deployed along the Main
Supply Damasak-Kareto route on January 2, rescued four children of 10
-14 years old.
He said the children were abducted from Damasak in 2015 by Boko Haram
criminal elements, while narrated their ordeal in the hands of the
Boko Haram criminals, before escaping from the Tumbun Gini camp.
He said that their parents have already been contacted to identify
amid tears of joy to reunite with children.