NIGERIAN FORCES, BOKO HARAM IN GUN BATTLES AT BAMA AND MALAM FATORI IN BORNO..32 INSURGENTS, COP AND 2 SOLDIERS KILLED ; 4 TRUCKS, 3 RPGs, IEDs AND 10 AK47 RIFLES SEIZED FROM TERRORISTS

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau(centre) flanked by three terrorists on either side

PHOTO CREDIT: AFP

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria
Aug. 5 (Xinhua)

Two attacks by gunmen have claimed 35
lives in Nigeria’s northeastern state of
Borno, military authorities reported on
Monday. The attacks, carried out on Sunday by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect, were confirmed by spokesperson of the military-led Joint Task Force (JTF) Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement made available to Xinhua.

Musa said the gunmen launched a
repelled attack on a Mobile Police Base at Bama Town, which has recently become a flashpoint of attacks by the sect members. “The encounter led to the death of one policeman and 17 Boko Haram terrorists. Two soldiers were also wounded,” said the military mouthpiece
A second attack, in which two soldiers
were killed, was launched when the
defiant terrorists stormed another base
of the Multi-national Joint Task Force,
comprising of troops from Nigeria, Niger
and Chad, at Malum Fatori area of the northern state. The soldiers killed 15 Boko Haram terrorists during the attack, according to Musa. The military has since cordoned off the areas and normalcy has returned to the two towns, the military spokesperson added.

Many residents were killed in May when
suspected terrorists raided Bama Town,
killing mostly children and women. At least 25 people were also killed in
separate weekend attacks by gunmen in
the Dawashi District of Kukawa local
government and Mainok areas of the
northeastern state exactly a week ago.

Borno State, located in Nigeria’s
northeast region, is a flashpoint of
attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram since 2009, when the sect launched its
insurgency targeting churches, security
facilities, schools and villages.

REUTERS quote Musa as saying that “four trucks, three motorbikes, dozens of explosive devices,three rocket-propelled grenades, 10 AK47 rifles and over 100 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the Islamists.”

(additional reporting by REUTERS)

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13 Responses to NIGERIAN FORCES, BOKO HARAM IN GUN BATTLES AT BAMA AND MALAM FATORI IN BORNO..32 INSURGENTS, COP AND 2 SOLDIERS KILLED ; 4 TRUCKS, 3 RPGs, IEDs AND 10 AK47 RIFLES SEIZED FROM TERRORISTS

  1. Where did this guys come out from? We need to ascertain that…so that next time after repelling they would be pursued and annihilated in totality. We need to up the ante..after repelling we need to follow up with an immediate counter attack.

  2. A contingency plan bearing that in mind need to be on the board. We need the capacity to do hit and run from that axis to any part in the Sahel with immediate effect. These insurgents/terrorists need to know that there would be terrible reprisals for any infringement on any of our territories. That is the language they understand.

    • Franky says:

      seconded, like the ‘do me, i do you’ thing. I believe the military do know their dug-outs, what they need do is launch a covert spec ops, deliver the blow lets say in their ammo depot(of course, they don’t spit out their Aks), then leave behind a message. I think that will shake them up a lil bit.

  3. tim says:

    Men, these guys are recruiting fast and hard and are greatly motivated…….cut of the head, go after the funds……secure the border and the body of this snake will die…. Common sense 101.

  4. tim says:

    And also mount covert raid actions, into neighbouring countries, to hit the heads of this renegade groups there…….time to start giving heat and not hits!!! Expedient,consistent, brutal,precise action…..and we here waiting.

  5. Solorex says:

    The solution is simple and disperse them long before they get to their target. the only way this can be done is to

    (1) More armored patrols
    (2) More helix ,drones and jet patrols
    (3) More foot patrols
    (4) Turn every single police post/barracks/office to military outpost with heavy machine gun stations, APCs and Snipers.
    (5) Increase the frequency of raids in known hide outs
    (6) Put awe and fear in the air by real amour deployment and controlling information flow
    (7)More moles, more ground intelligence… they ride cars, somebody repair them…they wear clothes…somebody washes them…
    (8) Change the modus operandi from providing security and repelling terrorist to actively looking for terrorist to decimate
    (9) let it be well know song that terrorist will soon die
    (10) make available some 50 different rapid response team

    To do this, we need to quit the internationally compliant, good , obedient, big hearted guy stuff- its not working in our favor. We need to really go shopping and build capacity-say recruit 30,000 coin troops ( split between Army, police, civil defense) in 16 months, buy 2 dozen armed drones (not flying cameras),buy say 3 dozens Mi-35 and 2 dozen Brazillian Super Tucano( the greatest coin aircraft ever built-easy to maintain, no need for special runaways, rugged ,not fanciful but gets the job done-only Su-25 has a comparable record lately) with its well beloved computer controlled targeting for COIN operations, open 4 additional air fields in safe areas and deploy long range artillery to disperse camps identified.

    look at Algeria, they are only able to keep this kind of insurgency in check by serious investment in military capacity and showing absolutely no mercy on terrorist and they have enforced peace despite all odds.

  6. kenee2k says:

    The territory is sahel sahara not a great hiding place for vehicles and large military movements.I would project that Boko haram would have had a force of at least 100 / 150 insurgents considering 32 were killed and 4 trucks were captured.

    The engagement would have been at least for an hour, that’s enough time to scramble two mil 35 helicopters to support ground troops and then institute a counter attack, and pick off any stragglers. I would expect some very well armed special forces quick response unit on standby to respond to any incident within minutes in a what you may term a high tension area of say 100 mile radius.

    I believe there is concerted coordination of Cameroonian and Niger forces with our forces, so I expect in the coming days, the casualty figures of the Boko haram to rise daily within this parameter. They probably have no vehicles and in small groups possibly wounded and with limited supplies. Its a hard dangerous job combing the area but I am sure they are up to the task.

    • tim says:

      Something fundamental is lacking is this spec ops!!…….there is need to get the above average intellect into our spec ops community, it needs to stops been,where people that can’t handle the intellectual part of the forces think they can go to………. I would be sad if or when its time for senior div at jaji and spec ops officers can’t pass that.

      • Obix says:

        Oga Tim, na wao! I can’t believe you are wrote this. These are serious allegations. From where did you get the idea that the the spec ops community is filled with “dumbos” ?

    • Deway says:

      Thanks for noticing that they could have scrambled air borne assets. Attacks always repelled but insurgents are not chased. There’s a lot lacking in how security agents/the army has been handling this boko haram issue and honestly, its becoming embarrassing.

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