Troops Eliminate 140 Terrorists, Arrest 57 Others In Borno

By Anne Osemekeh, Abuja

Troops of the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), have killed 140 Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents and arrested 57 others in Marte Local Government Area of Borno.

According to security analyst and counter insurgency expert, Zagazola Makama, the Force Commander, Maj.Gen. Ibrahim Ali, disclosed this at a news conference in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

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Ali said, the feat recorded was sequel to series of air interdictions at Tumbun Fulani and other locations in continuation of decisive offensives aimed at clearing remnants of the insurgents hibernating along the shores of the Lake Chad.

“Operation LAKE SANITY II air interdictions have been highly effective. These aerial operations conducted by national Airforces from Chad, Nigeria and Cameroon have led to destruction of crucial terrorist logistic bases and staging areas.

“It is particularly around Tumbum Fulani and other key locations. Over 140 terrorists were neutralised during these air strikes”, the Force Commander said.

He said that 176 terrorists surrendered while 57 others were arrested for alleged terrorism.

The troops recovered cache of weapons including 796 rounds of ammunition, one PKM machine gun, five AK-47 Rifles, two motorcycles, eight magazines, among others.

Ali also said that the relentless efforts of troops since April 2023 has led to the clearing of some locations such as Doron Naira, Zanari, Bagadaza and other key terrorist strongholds in Lake Chad area.

Regrettably however, the MNJTF recorded six casualties on its side since the operations began.

“Therefore, let me use this forum to further extend our deepest condolences and prayers for their eternal rest. Their bravery and sacrifice shall not be forgotten,” he said, adding that the success of Operation LAKE SANITY II, is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the troops.

He said the successes recorded by the troops through sustained operations was a critical step towards restoring peace and stability in the region.

While commending the the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, and the troops contributing countries for their support, Ali reitrated commitment to a secure and safe Lake Chad region.

“We also want to acknowledge the support provided by national operations such as Operation EMERGENCE 4 in Cameroon, Operation HADIN KAI in Nigeria, the Chadian national operations and Sector 4 in Diffa, Niger Republic.

“These operations have been instrumental as a blocking force for Operation LAKE SANITY II. Likewise, we express our gratitude to the media for your continuous support and cooperation as we proceed with our operations. We will keep you updated,” he said.

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