The Nigerian military has commenced air and land strikes deep inside Sambisa forest destroying about 15 heavily fortified camps. In the ensuing onslaught, the military killed scores of terrorists’ and arrested some of them while most of their weapons and equipment were destroyed. Scores of abducted captives including women, girls and children were also rescued
Confirming the movement into the forest, Acting Director, Army Public relations, Col. Sani Usman said: “Advancing troops of the Nigerian Army, supported by the Nigerian Air Force were able to clear and destroy Boko Haram terrorist’s camps at Shuari, Adembe, Yerimari Kura, Yerimari Gana, Gonin Kurmi, Kore, Mainya Kore, and Lopere.
“Additionally, the multi-barrel Rocket Launcher Regiment has destroyed the terrorist’s camps at Dure, Dure Kore, Jokwa as well as several other camps.
“The troops recovered foodstuffs, motorcycles, flags, Improvised explosive making devices (IED) materials and military uniforms. Among other discoveries were the terrorist’s tunnels, weapons and equipment.
“The soldiers also recovered 2,000 cows rustled from various persons over time and rescued women and children held captives by the Boko Haram. While the animals have been moved to Kanwuri, the rescued persons have been evacuated and are being given all the 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 who are being interrogated.
“However, a soldier sustained gunshot wound and fracture on the leg.
“Similarly, while advancing to destroy Nefari terrorist’s camp, troops discovered and cleared three IEDs laid along the route.
“The camp was successfully cleared and troops have continued their advance while a blocking force has been deployed to prevent infiltration and possible escape by the terrorists.”