Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: JTF Bombs Boko Haram Training Camps in Borno

The Military Joint Task Force, JTF, Operation Restore Order, in Borno State Friday said it has bombed training camps allegedly used by members of the Boko Haram sect in the state.

In a statement signed by Lt Col. Sagir Musa, spokesperson of the JTF, it said the agency used a Nigerian Airforce Helicopter Gunship to dislodge "Boko Haram Terrorists' Camps located in Sambisa Game Reserve in Bama Local Government and Farin - Ruwa Forest South West / East of Demboa Local Government Area of the state between Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday January 31, 2013."

According Musa, "the camp was properly sighted, fortified and had training facilities; armoury, accommodation, drugs store/medical, kitchen, vehicle holding area, latrine and water points, River."

The JTF further said the camp was used to conduct training for members as well as carry out recent attacks, killings and bombings in "Maiduguri, Musari, Konduga, Biu, Bama, and Demboa communities."

The statement also said efforts by JTF troops to destroy the camps led to fierce exchange of fire that resulted in the death of 18 people including one of its operatives and 17 Boko Haram members.

Lt Col Mr. Musa stressed that the camps were completely destroyed just as the area was still being monitored.

He listed some of the items recovered from the camp as six AK 47 rifles, two G3 rifles, three pistols, one Rocket Propelled Grenade Bomb, RPG, one RPG Tube, 20 RPG Chargers, two double barrel rifles, and 2, 543 assorted ammunition.

Other items included 33 assorted empty magazines, three Laptops Computers, 10 assorted Motorola Workie Talkies; 20 telephone handsets, 40 assorted Primed IED canisters, three bags of rice and two bags of beans, two jerry cans of palm oil, one bag of salt, one electric generator set and light green uniforms (sown and unsown)

Musa however, asked local communities to give credible and timely information to the JTF and other security agencies.

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