28 November, 2013
NO fewer than 45 Boko Haram terror
suspects have been killed in a combined
two-day ground and aerial operations
at Bitta village in Gwoza Local Council
Area of Borno State, authorities of the 7
Division of Nigerian Army disclosed yesterday.
The 7 Division’s Spokesman, Col.Mohammed Dole, told The Guardian at
their headquarters yesterday that an
unspecified number of wounded
gunmen fled into the adjoining Sambisa Forests and farmlands allegedly used as hideouts.
According to him, the unit relied on
intelligence reports from locals and
bombed the hideouts of terror suspects
with aerial precision at dusk, killing over 45 suspects and wounding several
others, who took to their heels.He noted that the joint operations took place along the 60-kilometre Gwoza-Damboa Road.
“Our operations in the village have succeeded, as the troops acted on the
information provided by the locals,before the Nigerian Air Force (NAF)
personnel raided the hideouts at dusk
for several minutes,” he said. “The operation will continue until all the hideouts and training camps are
destroyed to prevent further attacks on
villages and communities located at the
peripheries of the forest.”
On the efforts of the villagers in the
fight against terrorism in the state, he said the locals were “fully cooperating
with our men, as they know where these insurgents hide and launch attacks on innocent people. “Besides the targeting of terrorists’ hideouts, the villagers are assisting us with credible information on how to dislodge and destroy all the Boko Haram camps and hideouts in this forest that comprises six local councils of the state.”
Nevertheless, he disclosed that since the forest is a difficult terrain for soldiers and other security agencies to conduct successful operations, the 7 Division would continue to rely on information from residents and other locals who know the terrain, including the hills of Gwoza, which is used as hideout.