Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Military kills over 19 Boko Haram terrorists in Lake Chad

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) yesterday said it had killed 19 Boko Haram terrorists while conducting Operation Yanchin Tapki at Tumbums in Lake Chad region.

The raids, which were supported by Air Task Force (ATF), resulted in the bombardment of the insurgents’ hideouts on April 6, 2020.

MNJTF spokesman, Colonel Timothy Antigha, in a statement in Maiduguri disclosed: “The combined forces from Sector 3 (Nigeria) and Sector 4 (Niger Republic), supported by Air Task Force (Nigeria) and Niger Republic Air Force conducted extensive bombardment of insurgents’ enclaves on Monday in Tumbums community.

“Today’s (Monday) engagement was a coordinated air and ground operation. After an intensive firefight, 19 Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised, while others fled towards the Lake Chad.”

He added that the troops destroyed two gun trucks and captured two more suspects during the duel.

“Four motorcycles as well as arms and ammunition were also recovered,” Antigha further said, noting that the task force did not record any causality.

However, the sect on Monday evening attacked Kirchinga village in Madagali Local Council of Adamawa State.

The terrorists stormed the community at about 4:00pm, burning homes and looting shops.

Though later repelled by the Nigerian Army, the Boko Haram fighters also shot an octogenarian in the leg.

A local source told The Guardian that the attackers, on arrival, shot sporadically into the air, apparently to scare residents away for their seamless expedition until the intervention of the military.

A villager said: “The devastation would have been worse but for the timely response of the soldiers stationed in Kirchinga.”

Commander of the troops in Madagali, Colonel Abdulsalam, confirmed the attack and its foiling. Theguardianng

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