DHQ: Nigerian Troops Kill Boko Haram’s Ranking Commanders, Fighters, Zero-in on Shekau 

*Boko Haram/ISWAP commanders - their days numbered?

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By Augustine Osayande, PhD

The Defence Headquarters has confirmed the death of some high ranking Commanders of the Abubakar Shekau’s faction of the Boko Haram terrorist’ group.
Confirming the report, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters Major-General John Enenche said Troops of Operation LAFYA DOLE killed Manzar Halid, Amir Abu Fatima in reprisal attack following Boko Haram terrorists’ failed attack on troops’ location at Banki Junction and Response Area Firgi within the 7 Division Strike Group’s jurisdiction.

Enenche said Abu Jamratu AL-Naweer, Kaka Bana and Tareta Babakari were wounded with narrow chances of survival.
He said the killing of Boko Haram’s and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) high profile commanders and fighters were confirmed through human intelligence
Enenche added that 72 members of the sect were also neutralized during the attack.
He said a large number of their equipment including gun trucks, motorcycles and bicycles were destroyed by troops in collaboration with the Air Task Force during BHT/ISWAP fighters withdrawal which was in disarray.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations further stated that credible information indicate that the BHT/ISWAP camp is in chaos and presently unable to conduct any offensive due to heavy losses.
He said the blockade of their spy routes, networks, crossing points and logistics supplies had further crippled the terrorists and limited their freedom of movement and action to the advantage of own troops.
Enenche said the Chief of Army Staff, has congratulated the gallant troops for their resilience, courage and dedication to ending the North-east security challenge. He added that the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria encourages all troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE to sustain the onslaught against the terrorists.

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