NIGERIAN TROOPS RAID INSURGENTS’ HIDEOUT AT KAWURI TO FORESTALL AN ATTACK ON KONDUGA; OVER 50 INSURGENTS KILLED, ANTI AIRCRAFT GUNS AND AN ARMOURED VEHICLE SEIZED

Nigerian troops undertake confidence-building patrols after the insurgents were cleared out of Damboa

LAGOS, Sept. 6 (Xinhua)

Nigerian troops on Saturday stormed a suspected hideout of Islamic militants in the northeastern Borno state, killing over 50 members, the military said in a statement.

On a tip-off, the Nigerian Army launched the raid on a suspected hideout of Boko Haram members in Kawuri area of the state shortly before setting out on a planned attack on Konduga. The statement added that one fabricated artillery gun, two anti-aircraft guns, an armored vehicle and assorted types of ammunition were seized in the process.

Some hardware, weapons, food items and personal belongings were also destroyed in the raid, said the military statement, noting that one officer and two soldiers were seriously wounded.

Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for recent deadly attacks in northern Nigeria, has seized a number of towns and villages in southern Borno and near the border with Cameroon.The Nigerian forces have been raiding militant camps and launching air and ground attacks on suspected hideouts of the militants over the past three months.

Activities of the Boko Haram sect have recently been on the increase in Borno, which shares a border with Cameroon, Niger and Chad. The sect seeks to enshrine the Islamic sharia law into the constitution and declares war against Western education.

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NIGERIAN AIR FORCE BEGIN TAKING DELIVERY OF STATE-OF-THE-ART Mi35M HELICOPTERS (ABSOLUTE WORLD EXCLUSIVE PHOTO)

In this one-of-a-kind photo which was shot on Friday 29th August, 2014 and posted originally and exclusively on BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG, a freshly delivered Mi-35M attack helicopter can be seen being unloaded from a giant Antonov cargo plane at a location in northern Nigeria (details withheld by me for security reasons). This is the only photo of this mean machine in cyberspace as I write this…a true global exclusive.

The roundel of the NAF is visible on this side towards the tail end and of course, it is the only MiL attack helicopter of the NAF thus far pictured in desert camouflage colour scheme. Its special adaptations are visible from here.

Congratulations to the NAF….Africa’s first PROVEN (not merely claiming) user of the Mi-35M.

BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG…our authoritative edge and integrity shall be continually reinforced.

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INSURGENCY: MILITARY MOVES TO RECLAIM TERRITORIES

THISDAY
31 August, 2014

* Consolidates hold on Gamboru Ngala

* Nigerian Air Force say “air support has been outstanding and is set to improve in the face of new acquisitions”

In a latest counter-offensive, the Nigerian security forces have reclaimed Gamboru-Ngala, a strategic township on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon.The Borno State-based town, which has witnessed fierce fighting for the past one week, was cleared of terrorist threat on Thursday.

According to a source, who spoke to THISDAY, the largely rural and sparsely populated community is very strategic because it provides a direct crossing and link between Nigeria and Cameroon.”You know since the crossing of the soldiers to Cameroon while in battle with BH boys, there has been fierce battle to secure Gamboru Ngala and our boys are in charge now,” the source said.

However, THISDAY gathered that the planned counter-offensive by the military in Gwoza is more complicated with soldiers said to be
regrouping, reinforcing and re-strategising to take back the enclave, which Boko Haram has turned into an operational headquarters of their self-declared Islamic Caliphate. It could be recalled that the military had launched a major offensive in several parts of Borno State, which has come under the threat of Boko Haram including Gwoza but details were not divulged for tactical and operational reasons.

But a source ascribed the little progress made in the bid to reclaim the most strategic town of Gwoza to its difficult terrain. The source told THISDAY that having captured Gwoza, the Boko Haram terrorists dug in to consolidate their hold on the mountainous enclave.

“The mistake we made was to have allowed Gwoza to be captured in the first place because the terrain is to the advantage to those in charge of it,” he said. “The terrorists, now with their AAs and other sophisticated weapons, have the advantage of attacking us from the top of the mountains, while also sheltering in the caves.”You know they have been trying for a long time to take over Gwoza, which apart from the terrain, also has link with the Sambisa Forest.

“We are however reinforcing, getting weapons because the one we are currently using is old, outdated and not a match to the modern weaponry being used by BH. We will try and take back Gwoza because we cannot leave it in the hands of BH, even though it’s a tall order.”

This was also confirmed yesterday when a military source stated that even though Gwoza is still firmly in the hands of the terrorists, the army is not relenting to dislodge them from the area. It was also alleged Christians and moderate Muslims have fled the town for fear of being slaughtered and alleging that some of them have actually been killed on Friday.

Speaking to THISDAY, the Director of Defence Information (DDI),Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, said that even though the troops have made substantive gain,they will not be speaking on the matter for strategic and operational reasons.”Things are going on, and I can tell you that there are substantive gains but we won’t be speaking much about the operations,” Olukolade said.

Meanwhile, Nigerian Air Force has debunked the claims that they are not providing enough air cover for the ground troops. “I can tell you that Air Force has been outstanding in this operation. With the new procurements, things will improve substantially,” the senior officer said.

It could be recalled that Boko Haram on Sunday released a video
in which it said it had established an Islamic state in the towns and villages it controls in northeastern Nigeria. This has since been dismissed by the Nigerian military, which has then launched a counter-offensive to retake these towns.

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ANXIETY IN DHQ OVER SEIZURE OF GWOZA BY BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS

NATIONAL MIRROR
30 August, 2014

* COAS leads troops on air bombardment to reclaim territory

• Insurgents’ rule in captured area clocks one week

There is serious anxiety at the Defence Headquarters,DHQ, following the capture of Gwoza and neighbouring towns in Borno State by the terrorists sect, Boko Haram, a week ago. This is even as the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah, is said to be leading troops to reclaim Gwoza and other parts of the state occupied by terrorists.

Leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, had on Sunday, in a video declared an Islamist Caliphate Republic in the North East with its headquarters in Gwoza. This followed the inability of the military to overpower the insurgents during the battle of supremacy Gamboru Ngala. During the battle, no fewer than 480 soldiers fled into Cameroun in what the DHQ called “tactical manoeuver.”

Although the troops had since returned to join their units, Saturday Mirror learnt that the DHQ was so worried over the week about the two incidents, which it considered as the biggest embarrassment in the history of the Nigerian military.A source at the DHQ, said that the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, was very disappointed and furious over the developments.

The source further disclosed that this made the COAS to quickly round off his tour of Army formations in the country and proceeded to Borno State on Thursday to handle the situation.

Consequently, Saturday Mirror learnt that serious air bombardment had since commenced with sustained heavy fighting by land troops
with the hope to chase out all fugitives and restore order. The DHQ, having earlier dismissed Shekau’s claim of Islamists Caliphate as “empty”, finally acknowledged within the week that terrorists had taken over Gwoza, vowing also to deploy all its arsenal to reverse the situation in Gwoza.

Speaking with Saturday Mirror in Abuja, over the incidents, the Director of Defence Information,DDI, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, urged Nigerians to have faith in the military assuring that the military had put machinery in place to rid the places of the terrorists and their activities.

“We are not given to telling you our operations and what we are doing to reverse the situation.“Wherever terrorists are in this country, we will drive them out.We will restore order everywhere. Just like the security challenges in any part of the country now, we will restore order everywhere, Gwoza inclusive”, the DDI stated.

Olukolade, who said he was confident that the Nigerian military had what it required to protect the territorial integrity of the country,urged that citizens should support and show confidence in the military as this same military remained the one to prosecute the war for the safety of citizens and the country.

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THE Q3 2014 VISIT OF THE ROYAL NAVY FRIGATE, HMS IRON DUKE, TO LAGOS

HMS Iron Duke, a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy is seen here flanked by a Shaldag Fast Patrol Craft of the Nigerian Navy

HMS Iron Duke displays big ship attitude by maintaining supreme stability in rough seas. This is one reason why Beegeagle’s Blog continues to maintain that for good seakeeping during counterpiracy operations in deep offshore precincts, Nigeria must provide new and corvettes, OPVs and frigates for the Navy.

Notice how the 38 metre Sea Eagle Mk.II stealth Offshore Patrol Craft pictured immediately behind the HMS Iron Duke rocks to one side even in waters which are no more than 20 nautical miles from the shoreline? How is that patrol craft supposed to carry out pirate interdiction 100 nautical miles out to sea where the waters are infinitely more turbulent?

The smallest vessel in the photo (in the background) is a 32 metre OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II coastal patrol craft, NNS Dorina P101, which was commissioned in March 2014.

Nigerian Navy and Royal Navy crews pose for a group photo on the deck of HMS Iron Duke. In the far right corner is a 17 metre Manta Mk.II ASD Littoral Interceptor.

PHOTO CREDIT: ROYAL NAVÝ

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THE NIGERIAN NAVY’S INCOMING CHINESE- BUILT P18N STEALTH OFFSHORE PATROL VESSEL, NNS CENTENARY F91

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BOKO HARAM ATTACK NIGERIAN SOLDIERS IN CAMEROON; MILITARY SPOKESMAN SAYS “NO NIGERIAN TROOPS DEFECTED”

Cameroonian troops

VOICE OF AMERICA
27 August, 2014
by Moki Edwin Kindzeka

Cameroon says its military has killed some 30 suspected Boko Haram militants who attacked areas where 480 Nigerian troops had crossed over during a battle with the insurgents. Nigeria said the troops crossed over while making a tactical maneuver.

Cameroon’s state radio reports government troops beat back two attempts by suspected Boko Haram militants to enter the country’s northern territory through a locality that shares a boundary with Nigeria’s Borno state, stronghold of the militant group.

During a confrontation Tuesday, the soldiers killed 11 insurgents while 16 more were killed in an earlier attack on Monday. Cameroonian soldiers seized heavy weapons and destroyed one of the vehicles the militants were using.

The attack took place in areas where Nigerian soldiers had crossed over during a battle with the insurgents. The Nigerian military said the soldiers handed their weapons to Cameroonian authorities in line with standard practice and as an indication that they were not on any offensive against Cameroon.

After the attacks, Cameroon’s state radio announced that the country’s president, Paul Biya, had ordered that the Nigerian soldiers be escorted back to their country. “The head of state has instructed that the columns of Nigerian soldiers who entered Cameroonian territory should be camped in specific locations and supervised by the Cameroonian army.

The Nigerian soldiers have been provided feeding,medical treatment and fuel on instructions of the head of state. At the same time the process of accompanying the Nigerian soldiers back to their country is under way under Cameroonian military escort,” said Biya.

Colonel Didier Badjeck,a Cameroon military spokesman,told VOA that allegations made in Cameroonian media that the incidence was a defection were unfounded, but added that they were particularly careful over the presence of the Nigerian soldiers as Boko Haram militants could also disguise as a regular army and attack them.

He said people should support but allow the Cameroon army to handle the situation and fight Boko Haram as professional soldiers. He adds that they cannot neglect details in a war front and are consequently examining any potential actions of Boko Haram.

Cameroon shares much of Nigeria’s porous northeastern border. Boko Haram militants been blamed for a rise in kidnappings,fighting and criminal acts across the border from Nigeria’s Borno state.

Many surrounding villages where Boko Haram gunmen carry out attacks regularly are becoming increasingly deserted.

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