Army Sweeps Insurgents Off Nigerian Territories

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TOPSHOTS Nigerian troops celebrate after taking over Bama from Boko Haram on March 25, 2015. Nigeria's military has retaken the northeastern town of Bama from Boko Haram, but signs of mass killings carried out by Boko Haram earlier this year remain.  AFP PHOTO / NICHOLE SOBECKINichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images

The Nigeria army has recently conducted a raid on boko haram, killing 14 of the insurgents, and capturing two others around Chirokusko Village in Tarmuwa Local Government Area in Yobe, according to a recent statement by Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Aliyu, General Commanding Officer (GCO).
Gen. Aliyu also told newsmen in Damaturu 16 assorted weapons and ammunitions had been recovered from the insurgents. He said the terrorists sneaked into the area and were about settling down when the army ambushed them following a tip-off from patriotic citizens. He commended the host communities for their cooperation which included providing security operatives with useful information.
According to him, more troops have been deployed to the area to enhance manpower to consolidate the gains recorded in the fight against insurgency.
“The Damaturu-BuniYadi-Biu road will soon be opened to motorists for economic activities to resume in the liberated areas.’’ The GOC said as part of efforts to boost the morale of the troops, more than 10, 000 soldiers had been given special promotion, while 1,500 others were currently under consideration for promotion to their next rank.
He stated that the army will continue to operate within the rules of engagement and with respect for human rights. He pleaded with the people of the area that the closure of markets in some communities was based on security reasons, adding that the markets would soon be re-opened for business.
“We are aware of the inconveniences the market closure might have caused the communities, but we are working hard to reopen them for economic activities to resume,’’ he assured. The GOC called for improved cooperation between soldiers and the communities in order to collectively defeat insurgency in the country.

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