Nigerian Army troops in a Browning M2 HMG-armed Landcruiser gun-truck which has been optimised for easy egress and desert warfare
NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
Maiduguri, Nov. 28, 2013
The 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, on Thursday declared its readiness to dislodge suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ hideouts in bushes around Damboa-Bama and Gwoza axis of the state.
The spokesman of the division, Col.
Muhammed Dole, said this during an
interactive session with newsmen in
Maiduguri. Dole said the insurgents would be flushed out ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations He said the division had mobilised its troops for continuous assault on the suspected hideouts of the terrorists in the areas.
“Troops of the division have embarked
on an offensive against suspected
hideouts of the terrorists, especially
around Beta village believed to be their
stronghold. “The offensive has been supported by air assault by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF),” he said. Dole said the operations had been most successful as the terrorists were taken unawares.
“They were taken unawares by our
assault because their thinking was that
we are going to be focused on attacking
Sambisa forest. “Unknown to them, we have already identified their stronghold in the Beta village and by the time the assault was over many had been killed,’’ he said. Dole said the objective was to free the entire area of the Boko Haram elements before the anticipated mass movement of the people for the December break.