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Boko Haram have told fleeing members not to give up – Army
As the war between the Boko Haram sect and the Nigerian troops deployed to wipe out the terrorist group from the volatile Adamawa, Borno and Yobe continues to rage, the troops have announced that they are in possession of messages by the leadership of Boko Haram, charging its members to fight on until victory is won.
According to the report, about 25 extremists were arrested. Three of them were killed, including one of their top kingpins who was identified as Abba.
Abba has been on the list of most wanted persons.
A statement by the Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade while giving the mission update reads, “troops of the special forces have intercepted messages sent to fleeing insurgents urging them not to give up but fight to the end.
“The attempt by some of them to heed the call was foiled at the weekend as they were trailed to some settlements and towns towards the border where they planned to regroup.
“Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force carried out an operation which resulted to the capture and destruction of the insurgents assembly in the outskirts of Kaneram Dan Katsina, Tumbu Dabino and Mallam Fatori area, north of Baga.
“The towns and settlements have now been secured while we have cordoned off the area. Search operation is also ongoing in the area after the insurgents have been dislodged”.
“This incident happened during an encounter with troops of the task force as the insurgents were finalising moves to carry out an extensive terrorist operation around Maiduguri.
“The captured ones were all apprehended with their weapons which include rifles, pistols, double barrel guns and various calibres of ammunition during a raid operation of the JTF in Kumshe and Bulunkutu area.
“Although they succeeded in killing a security operative of the Task Force, they were apprehended before their planned infiltration with more arms to cause mayhem in the city.
“In Sambisa forest, troops combing the forest continue to make more discoveries. A man who had been held hostage in the forest since last year escaped bound in handcuffs as his captors fled during the troops attack on the biggest camp in the forest.
“The freed hostage is being treated by the Task Force. The troops are dominating the forest as they find a number of fresh graves, more arms and ammunition, burnt vehicles and other equipment”.
Source: Daily Post