- Camerounian army kills 100 insurgents
Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Yusufu Buratai said he is not satisfied with the conduct of military troops fighting Boko Haram insurgents in North-east Nigeria, especially at Gulak and Gajigana areas of Borno state.
General Buratai was at Gajigana, Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State on assessment of troops’ location that was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists last Sunday and during an interactive with the Commanders, expressed dissatisfaction with the troops’ conduct and warned that such incident should not repeat itself.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman, in a statement made available to the media quoted the COAS as calling on the public especially those residing in the affected area to support and cooperate with the troops by exposing suspected Boko Haram terrorists that live among them.
The Army chief said the recent wave of attacks by terrorists in Gulak and Gajigana should be seen as isolated cases that would not be allowed to repeat itself because adequate measures are being taken to deal decisively with the any of such occurrences, even as he assured that the military and the security agencies would continue to improve their performances.
He also warned troops to be more proactive and alive to their duties as everything is being done to support them.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that Buratai was received and conducted round troops’ deployment by the Commander 5 Brigade and the Commanding Officer of 243 Battalion.
The COAS, while fielding questions from journalists, said he was there to see things for himself, to assess the situation and give necessary directives, noting that the recent attacks had every element of criminality; as such the people need to fully support the security agencies to finally defeat terrorism and criminality in our society.
He was accompanied by the Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Acting Director Military Intelligence and the Acting Provost Marshal (Army). Also on the entourage were representatives of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Nigerian Police attached to the Military Command and Control Centre.
It will be recalled that Boko Haram attacked troops’ location in Gulak on Sunday which was repelled. The troops also killed 3 Boko Haram terrorists, while quite number escaped with gunshot wounds. In addition, a Toyota Hilux, 1 PKM gun, 1 General Purpose Machine Gun, 3 AK-47 rifles, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade tube and 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb were recovered by the troops.
Other recoveries included, 1 Charger, 7 Boxes of 7.62mm Link, 1 GP 340 Hand Held Radio, 4 Boxes of 7.62mm X 54mm Ammunitions, 3 Anti Riot Hand Held Grenade, as well as 30 Cleaning Kits, 2 Packets of Artillery Primers and 97 pieces of Zela fuse.
The troops are further pursuing the escaping terrorists and also exploiting to further block such kind of incursion through their blocking position. The troops at Gajigana were attacked in which a soldier lost his life. The location have also been reinforced and the troops are now poised for any eventuality.
Col. Usman reminded the public that, “As we have entered the month of December, it is important to state that we have also entered a very critical part of the fight against terrorism and insurgency in our country.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate its total commitment and determination to the war against the Boko Haram terrorists. Consequently, we solicit for the continued support, cooperation and understanding of all Nigerians in this regard.
Cameroun army kills 100 terrorists
Camerounian army has reportedly killed at least 100 Boko Haram terrorists and freed 900 persons held hostage by the terrorists.
According to reports by Reuters, the Camerounian army and its defence ministry confirmed the operation, which was backed by the regional anti-Boko Haram task force.
Army spokesman, Colonel Didier Badjeck said, “In the course of this operation, at least 100 members of Boko Haram were killed; 900 hostages detained by Boko Haram were freed.”
The defence ministry also cited the same figures in a brief statement on state television.
But hours after the announcement, two suicide bombs suspected to be Boko Haram’s handiwork exploded in north Cameroun killing at least three people.
Two security sources also confirmed the attack, with one of them pegging the death toll higher at six civilians.
Suicide bombings, often carried out by young women recruited by the radical group are becoming almost daily occurrences in Cameroun’s far North region.
Deputy Prefect for the town of Waza, Michel Oumarou, said, “There was a double suicide attack last night in Waza in the far North of Cameroun, with a toll of six dead, including the three kamikazes (attackers).
A third suicide bomber was killed by security forces before she was able to detonate her bomb, one of the sources added.
Cameroun is a target for attacks since it is part of an 8,700-strong regional task force aimed at defeating Boko Haram with troops from Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroun and Benin. However, joint operations have stalled, as national armies appeared to be fighting Boko Haram independently.