7 March 2016

Nigeria: Dozens Killed As Troops Clear More Boko Haram Camps in Borno

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Amidst stiff resistance and bloodbath, troops of the Nigerian Army on Saturday cleared yet another set of terror camps of the Boko Haram in parts of Borno state, Northeast Nigeria, officials said.

Until now, Boko Haram gunmen had occupied Jango, Dibiye and cluster villages of Dure of Borno state ferom where they reportedly plot and carry out attacks on neighboring communities.

According to the spokesman of the Nigeria Army, colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, in line with its intensified efforts to clear what army officials called "remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in some hideouts," soldiers of 121 Task Force Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade moved in Dure district to carry out mop up operation.

"The troops met stiff resistance from the terrorists during the encounters. They however overcame and cleared Dure 1, Dure 2 and Jango, Dibiye and other suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts within the general area of the district."

Also according to the general officer, commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Okwudili Ezugwu, prior to the clearance operation, Dure 1 and 2 were Boko Haram strong holds in the mainland of Sambisa forest.

General Ezeugu was said to have noted that the recent operation had helped soldiers to discover how insurgents were stockpiling food.

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