March 28, 2014
Defence Headquarters has disclosed that 11 terrorists were killed between Monday and Wednesday at Gumti in Adamawa State near the Cameroon border with Nigeria in the ongoing operation against terrorists in the north east.
Director of Defence Information, Major General A.C. Olukolade said yesterday that during one of the operations, a Burkina-Faso national who also holds the nationality of the Republic of Chad was arrested in full military outfit and complete fighting gear.
The suspect who is a mercenary was arrested with different caliber of heavy arms and ammunition along the Chad border with Nigeria serving as a Boko Haram fighter. He has been moved to Maiduguri and is currently helping in ongoing investigation by the Special Forces.
Olukolade, who doubles as the Coordinator, Joint Information Directors on the Anti-Terrorism Operation said a group of terrorists attempted to escape into Cameroon through Taraba and Gumti in Adamawa State but were tracked down and shot by troops on patrol after they put up resistance.
He disclosed that during the encounter with the terrorists, who were trapped in the forest as a result of ongoing offensive, seven of them were killed and a large number of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and automatic rifles were recovered by troops. Olukolade said that in a similar encounter in Gombi, four other terrorists were killed along the borders after they were compelled by hunger ravaging their makeshift camps, to attempt to cross over to Cameroun.
More than seventy motorcycles were also recovered and several terrorists were equally arrested when some of the captured Boko Haram members led troops to hideouts where fierce fighting ensued between them and the Special Forces.
Director of Defence Information said sustained patrols and searches by the Multi-National Joint Task Force have led to the arrest of unspecified number of terrorists including mercenaries along the Nigerian-Chad border.
He said that patrols are still ongoing around the Lake Chad region including Kwatan, Kanwa, Kwatan Yobe villages and other isolated Islands in the area.
31 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS ALSO ARRESTED DURING THE OPERATIONS