A notorious Boko Haram terrorist’s commander, Abu Mojahid, has been killed in an encounter with troops on the outskirts of Alagarno, the Defence Headquarters said yesterday [April 22].
A statement by the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade said the terrorists on Tuesday staged a daring attack on troops who were on patrol of the area.
“A number of the terrorists died as the troops repelled the attack. Some Rocket Propelled Grenades as well as vehicle mounted by Anti-Aircraft guns were either captured or destroyed in the encounter”, Olukolade said.
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The DHQ added that operations were continuing in the form of offensive actions on identified terrorists in some forest locations. The statement added that aggressive patrols, mopping up as well as cordon and search were also ongoing in the other locations.
“Improvised explosive devices planted by the terrorists to deter the comprehensive offensive by the advancing troops are also being carefully cleared as troops continue to pursue fleeing ones. “The operations, especially in forest locations, are progressing – in defiance of obstacles and land mines emplaced by the terrorists,” the statement said.
A BBC report monitored yesterday indicated that troops had intensified offensive, including aerial bombing targeted at the various terrorist enclaves. BBC reported that aerial bombardments on Sambisa, in northeastern Borno State, were being slowed down by inclement weather conditions and poor visibility.