The Nigerian military has commenced deep operations into the Sambisa forest which is believed to be the remaining stronghold of Boko Haram militants.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said in a statement yesterday that various units of the army had advanced deep into the forest, clearing most of the camps and rescuing persons held captive, arresting some terrorists and destroying their weapons and equipment.
He said advancing troops of the Nigerian Army, supported by the Nigerian Air Force, were able to clear and destroy Boko Haram terrorists camps at Shuari, Adembe, Yerimari Kura, Yerimari Gana, Gonin Kurmi, Kore, Mainya Kore and Lopere.
Additionally, Colonel Usman said the multi-barrel rocket launcher regiment had destroyed the terrorists’ camps at Dure, Dure Kore, Jokwa as well as several other camps.
"The troops recovered foodstuff, motorcycles, flags, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) materials and military uniforms. Among other discoveries were the terrorists’ tunnels, weapons and equipment," he stated.
According to him, the soldiers also recovered 2,000 cows rustled from various persons over time and rescued women and children held captives.
He said while the animals had been moved to Kanwuri, the rescued persons were evacuated and are being given necessary support and assistance.
"During the encounter with the terrorists at Yerimari Gana, a number of Boko Haram terrorists were killed and some suspected terrorists were arrested and are being interrogated. However, a soldier sustained gunshot wounds and fracture on the leg," Colonel Usman disclosed.
He said the Nefari terrorist camp was successfully cleared and troops had continued their advance while a blocking force had been deployed to prevent infiltration and possible escape by the terrorists.
The army spokesman said three soldiers died while an officer and two other soldiers were wounded in action during another encounter with the terrorists along the axis of advance. Troops also destroyed Boko Haram camps in Bulagaije and Disa, Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno State and recovered motorcycles, dane guns and ammunitions, according to the statement.


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