MNJTF kills 22 ISWAP terrorists, recovers weapons in Lake Chad

Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) consisting of Nigerian and Chadian soldiers. [Twitter/@HQNigerianArmy]

By SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri –

No fewer than 22 Boko Haram/Islamic State of the West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists have been killed by troops of MNJTF during a clearance operations in the fringes of Lake Chad.

The Chief of Military Public Information of the MNJTF N’Djamena, Chad, Lt. Col. Kamarudeen Adegoke, disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday.

Lt. Col. Adegoke said that the terrorists were killed at Tumbun Rabo in Abadam Local Government Area in Borno on April 27.

He said: “After the operational engagement which was firmly supported by the Air Task Force of Operation Hadin Kai and the MNJTF, a battle damage assessment clearly revealed at least 20 BHT were neutralised, 12 AK 47 rifles, 1X Mortar 60mm and large catches of ammunitions of different calibers were recovered.

“Likewise, carefully concealed 5x Gun Trucks and a truck laden with supplies meant for the criminals were destroyed.

“Also an MRAP fighting vehicle was recovered by the troops; it was carted from Nigerian Army position in the past,” he said.

Adegoke explained that the troops of combined Taskforce Mallam Fatori/Damasak at Forward Operations Base Arege drawn from MNJTF Sectors 3 and 4 (Nigerian and Nigeriene troops) have continued with aggressive patrols to dominate and put pressure on the criminals.

“With multiple sorties against the terrorists’ positions, Air Taskforce gave effective close air support and attacked the criminals to enable ground forces to access the hitherto well defended terrorists’ strongholds in the vicinity of Tumbun Rago.

“Despite strong resistance by the Boko Haram terrorists , the ground troops charged through several obstacles and cleared the mined routes, which made them to come in contact with elements of the insurgents.

Relatedly, troops of Sector 1 Taskforce Wulgo (MNJTF troops from Cameroun) continued aggressive dominance of their assigned areas with a clearance patrol to the general area of Chikingudu, areas were seen to be deserted but troops came in contact with two Boko Haram logisticians who attempted to flee, but were neutralised by the vigilant troops.

“Two motorcycles were recovered from them. Meanwhile, the Amphibious Taskforce Darak of same Sector 1 have continued their maritime patrols to dominate their areas,” the spokesman said.

He added that the taskforce cleared the villages of Bourame and Magoume, however nothing of security significance was found with the villagers carrying out their normal routines.

According to him, the Task Force continued to the Kirta Wulgo and Tcholl settlements suspected to have Boko Haram terrorists hibernating there, but the terrorists fled before arrival of our troops.

“Make shift shelters seen there were destroyed by the gallant troops,” he stated.

Adegoke said that the combined ground and amphibious operations have exerted much pressure on the terrorists denying them freedom of movement and action, and this would be sustained by the highly spirited troops. (NAN)

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