Nigerian troops in bullish mood get set for a trip into repossessed northern Borno
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LAGOS, Nov. 17 (Xinhua)
The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops killed 20 Boko Haram suspects in a raid on the insurgents’ camp in northeastern Borno State, and destroyed scores of vehicles and 50 motorcycles.The offensive came in response to a series of attacks by the insurgents on
unarmed civilians around the Nigeria-
Cameroon-Niger border communities in
the state since last week.
The army authority said it subsequently
deployed troops to the area to flush out
the Boko Haram men in a fierce offensive targeted against the sect camp at Bita town, a stronghold of Boko Haram insurgents from where they launched attacks on isolated villages and motorists along the road to Gwoza and Damboa.
Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Dole, the
spokesman of the 7 Division of the
Nigerian Army, said that a soldier died in the encounter, three others were
wounded. He said in the late hours of Friday, troops of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, supported by the Air Force, launched an offensive operation along Gwoza-Bita-Damboa road, and aggressively pursued the fleeing insurgents in the general areas of Bita and Sambisa Forest, where they were flushed out.
Founded in 2001, Boko Haram is an
Islamic militant organization operating in northeastern Nigeria, north of Cameroon and Niger. The sect poses the biggest security threat in the West African country. Hundreds of people have been killed since it launched the insurgency in 2009.