The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday [May 17] said 10 additional Boko Haram camps have been destroyed in Sambisa Forest by troops. It claimed that unconfirmed number of insurgents died in the encounters with troops.
The Director of Defence Information, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, who made the disclosures in a statement in Abuja, said some of the fleeing insurgents had taken to suicide missions.
The statement said:
An unconfirmed number of terrorists died on Saturday as 10 additional camps used by terrorists were overran in the continuing offensive operations against the terrorists in Sambisa forest. The Dure camp, which is one of the most prominent camps in the forest, witnessed the fiercest battle as the Special Forces descended heavily on it before it finally fell.
Four of the camps were located in a place called Iza within the forest while three others were noted to be recently established by the terrorists before the assault began. One soldier died from one of the landmines encountered in the operation while two others were also wounded.
The terrorists lost a number of vehicles mounted with Anti-Aircraft Guns as well as armoured vehicles. Some of the terrorists who escaped from the camps also died as they ran into troops ambush in some escape routes from the forest.
The Defence Headquarters assured that the military will not relent in its efforts to clear the terrorists in Sambisa Forest.