from AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI – MORE than 100 suspected Boko Haram terrorists have been killed during clearance operations by the Nigerian Army northeast of the country.
The newly-formed Special Forces Command also recovered an assortment of arms and ammunition during the operations in areas around the Borno and Yobe States.
The states, alongside Adamawa, are the worst impacted by the decade-long violent campaign by the Boko Haram to overthrow the government and establish a fundamentalist Islamic state.
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Nigerian Army Director of Public Relations, said the military was now pursuing some fleeing terrorists.
He disclosed some insurgents had attempted to infiltrate the army.
“The gallant troops have also been repelling attempted efforts by the terrorists to infiltrate their locations,” Usman said.
“The troops in the frontline are in renewed positive fighting spirit across the theatre to stop incursions and annihilate the terrorists.”
Troops have shifted their operations to the fringes of the Lake Chad and Nigeria’s borderlines.
The Islamist group is using the regions as bases to launch attacks in Nigeria and neighbouring Cameron, Chad and Niger.
More than 20 000 civilians have been killed and over 2 million people forced to flee their homes during the Boko Haram violence.
– CAJ News