(PHOTO CREDIT: VOICE OF NIGERIA)
VOICE OF NIGERIA
17 July, 2013
The Joint Security Taskforce (JTF) says it
has killed three terrorists in Abunabu
village of Guri Local Government Council in Jigawa State, with cache of arms seized.
The JTF spokesman, Captain Ikedichi
Iweha said the operation was a combined intelligence effort of the Nigerian Army and the State Security Service in a pre-dawn raid.
“Through the combined efforts, we were able to recover four AK47 rifles, five magazines and 164 rounds of 7.62mm (special ammunition for AK47 rifles) in the raid,” Captain Iweha explained. He said the terrorists were some of the
Boko Haram militants who fled the Northeastern part of the country, to hide in local government areas with little security presence due to increased pressure from military action.
According to him,“to forestall any attempts by terrorists to hibernate in
local government councils, the JTF has
increased the number of its personnel in
towns in addition to increasing the
number of patrols especially in identified flashpoints.”
“While counting on the support of the
members of the communities we
operate in, we will continue to solicit
for their cooperation in the provision of
useful information to aid our operation.
We are also assuring members of communities of the treatment of such
information provided with utmost
confidentiality…The JTF will not rest on
its oars in ensuring the safety of the
people in Jigawa State and other states
within the area of operational responsibility of the Brigade,” the JTF spokesman said.
The operation was carried out on Tuesday July 16, by a combined team of the JTF involving the Nigerian Army of the 3 Brigade in Kano and the Kano State Directorate of the State Security Service.
The Minister of Special Duties and
Chairman of Boko Haram Amnesty
Committee, Mr Aminu Turaki had
announced a proposed ceasefire
agreement with the sect. But the leader
of the militant sect denounced the truce in a video message and ordered for more attacks especially on western education centres and their teachers. The group seeks to Islamize the northern part of Nigeria and introduce strict Sharia Laws. Its operations which started in 2009 has left over 3,000 people dead.
The Nigerian government had released
the wives and children of the sect
members, as part of an amnesty
programme. It also promised to pardon
those who willingly lay down arms.