Boko Haram: Troops intensify operations in Lake Chad islands, capture 167 insurgents

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Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have intensified ongoing offensive on Boko Haram enclaves in islands around the Lake Chad region, and this has led to the killing of several insurgents and the capture of 167 fleeing terrorists.

The offensive commenced about two weeks ago with coordinated air and artillery bombardments on Boko Haram enclaves while ground troops moved in to clear the areas.

Troops also extricated and profiled 67 women and 173 children who revealed during profiling exercise that they are family members of insurgents who fled as a result of the offensive by soldiers.

A statement issued on Friday by the Deputy Director Public Relations of Operation Lafiya Dole, Col Onyema Nwachukwu revealed that arrangement is ongoing to hand them over to IDP camp authorities after preliminary investigations are concluded.

Meanwhile, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have in the past two months sustained ongoing precursor operations and have conducted long-range fighting patrols and ambushes seeking out and clearing Boko Haram terrorists hideouts in Saada and Juwei in the fringes of northern Borno.

During the operations, troops intercepted and arrested 53 fleeing insurgents who have been profiled and are currently helping with investigations. Fifteen insurgents have also willingly abandoned the insurgent group, describing it as a futile struggle and have surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole within the period.

Nwachukwu’s statement read further, “Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences go to families and relations of troops as well as civilians who paid the supreme price in the encounters and callous suicide bomb and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks by the terrorists.

“While troops continue relentlessly in the ongoing offensive to decisively rid the north east hinterlands of insurgents, members of the public are implored to be more security conscious and vigilant in their homes, communities, places of worship , markets and other places of business to identify strange persons as well as any suspicious activity and promptly report same to security agencies. They are also urged to remember to ‘Say something, if you see something’.”

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