Scores killed as troops, military air strikes attack BHT/ISWAP locations in Bama forest – Nexus News
The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Hadin Kai at the weekend killed scores of Boko Haram/Islamic State of West African (ISWAP) bandits in air raids in their secret domain in North East of Bama, in Borno.
This came after the attack on a community in Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State where three persons were kidnapped and two tankers set on fire.
On the raid of the ISWAP and Boko Haram hideouts, sources disclosed that intelligence gathered, revealed that the terrorists from the two groups were in the middle of a fight for superiority at Gazuwa, one of the well known bases of Boko Haram, situated eight kilometres to Bama Local Government Area last Friday when the military in air and land attack overpower many of them.
The source said: “They were in the middle of a fight when the Super Tukano attacked them, scoring a devastating hit on them, killing scores of the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists, in the process.”
He said in continuation of employment of the air power to overpower the capability of the terrorists, the air strikes successfully attacked another group of the terrorists around the axis of Gargash, stating that an unspecified number of the Mujahedeen were killed in the process.
Counter Terrorism Expert and Security Analyst in Lake Chad, Zagazola Makama, reaffirmed that the air interdiction mission was launched after a series of surveillance missions, which announced the heavy presence of the terrorists in the area.
20 terrorists to surrender
Meanwhile, over 20 terrorists and their families from the Njimiya camp of terrorists have submitted theirselves to the troops of 21 Armoured Brigade Bama, as a result of the fear of being attacked by military air strikes.
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One of the surrendered terrorists (name undisclosed stated that the continued attacks have caused massive displacement and hunger in most of their terrorist camps, leaving them with no option but to either submit, continue hiding in one place with no food, or run out of the forest or die.
He said: “The attacks began in Garin Asma’u, then we heard that Gazuwa was attacked too. On the same day, we heard that some of our people were killed in Gargash. This was why we thought that the next place that would be struck was our camp.”
Terrorists kidnap 3, set 2 tankers on fire in Niger community
Meanwhile, terrorists, Sunday, again attacked a Saminaka community in Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State where three people were kidnapped and two tankers set on fire during the incident.
A source disclosed that when the terrorists arrived the community, they started firing as they marched to one of the restaurants in the community where they kidnapped three women.
The three abducted women include the owner of the restaurant, Zainab Usman, and two of her workers but their names are yet to be confirmed.
It was also gathered that some of the shots fired by the bandits hit two diesel tankers transporting fuel which led to explosion.
The source said the community has been thrown into panic following the attack and abduction.
When contacted, the Niger State Police Command confirmed the attack on the community and the kidnap of three women.
According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, efforts are ongoing to save the women abducted.