NO PROOF OF RECENT BOKO HARAM ATTACKS - NIGERIAN ARMY - ROUND GIST

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Friday, 7 July 2017

NO PROOF OF RECENT BOKO HARAM ATTACKS - NIGERIAN ARMY

The Nigerian military authorities have said there is no proof that the Boko Haram attack sect has resumed attacks in recent times.

Recall that the insurgents had in recent times attacked the University of Maiduguri, where they allegedly killed and abducted several persons.

Addressing newsmen on Thursday, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, head of military counter-insurgency operations in the North-east, said that the belief in some quarters that there had been a rise in insurgency attacks was untrue.

He noted that between March and July, 19,642 Boko Haram captives were rescued by Nigerian troops in battles with insurgents which led to the killing of 404 terrorists with 810 others arrested,

He added that the attacks on the University of Maiduguri because of the eagle-eyed security on watch had largely been unsuccessful.

On recent successes of counter-insurgency operations in the North-east, Attahiru said among the terrorists killed by troops includes Abu Fatimah, a wanted notorious leader of the terrorist group.

He said Abu Fatimah was killed in Talala, Damboa local government area of Borno state, also killed was another terrorist, Mustapha Salihu on the wanted list.

He said “These successes were not without some cost as the Army lost one officer and 12 soldiers while 4 others were wounded in action at various operation in the said period.

“We are using this opportunity to call on residents of Borno and Northeast to join hands with the Military in bringing to an end the menace of insurgency in the region.

The residents should as well be vigilant with their wards as Boko Haram terrorists have resorted to the use of women and children as Suicide bombers.”

He said, “Very soon the issue of ambush on convoy on highways will be a thing of the past as the Army will in few weeks introduce a measure to checkmate these occurrences.”

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