PHOTO CREDIT: AFP
1 July, 2013
The end came at the weekend for about
50 suspected Boko Haram members in
Borno, one of the three states under a
state of emergency. They were killed by the Joint Task Force after a raid of Zabarmari ward in Jere Local Government Area of Maiduguri .
Three suspected terrorists on their way to Jigawa state to unleash terror were arrested at Borno Express Motor Park on
Saturday by volunteered youths, a.k.a
Civilian JTF, a security source claimed
yesterday. Zabarmari, according to the source, is one of the black spots where Boko Haram operates in Maiduguri.
The source said: “At the weekend, we received intelligence report that Boko
Haram terrorists regrouped and were
residing/ hiding in Zabarmari ward. We
mobilised our troops to the area. On getting there, the suspected terrorists noticed our presence and started shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Great) as
they fired sporadic gunshots at the JTF
troops. We had no option than to repel
the attacks as we succeeded in killing
about 10 of the suspects.
“We did not take their bodies away,leaving them in the area. The following
day when we mobilised our men to the
area, we found out that hundreds of the
terrorists were at the graveyard burying
their dead and and as we approached, they started shooting at our troops which led to the exchange of gunfire, where we succeeded in killing over 40 of them”. The JTF source said he could not be quoted because he does not have the authority to speak..
“As I am talking to you now, our men are
still in Zabarmari hunting for any suspected terrorists who might have
escaped the deadly encounter” he added.
On the arrests of three suspected Boko
Haram members who were allegedly on a suicide mission to Jigawa State, the
source said, “The men of the JTF are
highly delighted with the zeal/effort
being put in place by the vigilance youths popularly called “Civilian JTF”.
The JTF source added: “They (the vigilance team) handed them to the JTF unit and one of them, now dead, said, they were from Bama Local Government Area on a suicide mission to Jigawa and other states in the north. Infact, the deceased, before his death, told us that already, all their weapons of massive destruction had been transported to the target areas before luck run out of them”.
Due to the total closure of GSM network
services in Borno state, JTF Spokesman Lt. Col. Sagir Musa and Police spokesman
Gideon Jubrin could not be reached to
confirm the story.