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Boko Haram Kills Seven In Borno |The Republican News

Boko Haram jihadists have killed seven villagers in a dawn raid in Nigeria’s restive northeast, local militia and a resident said Tuesday.

Gunmen in trucks and on motorcycles late Monday attacked Munduri, a village 13 kilometres (eight miles) north of Borno state capital Maiduguri, firing guns and rocket-propelled grenades, according to resident Abdullahi Bunu.

“The attackers seized seven people and beheaded them before setting fire to the entire village,” militia leader Umar Ari told AFP by telephone from Maiduguri.

Those who were decapitated were the village chief and his wife, Bunu said.

“We returned this morning and found the entire village burnt along with all our food supplies and livestock”.

Boko Haram has intensified its armed campaign in recent weeks, including against military targets in which dozens of troops are believed to have been either killed or missing.

The rebels have split into two groups, and it was not immediately clear which was behind the latest attack.

A faction loyal to Abubakar Shekau is notorious for indiscriminate killings of civilians while the Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi faction — which is affiliated to the so-called Islamic State — largely focuses on attacking the military.

Five people were killed in a similar raid last week in Gasarwa village, near the garrison town of Monguno.

The attacks contrast with repeated claims by the military and the government that Boko Haram has been defeated and that it is safe for people displaced by Islamist violence to return home.

The jihadists’ nine-year campaign to establish a hardline Islamic state has killed an estimated 20,000 people and displaced over 2.6 million from their homes.

(AFP)

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Troops Kill 14 Boko Haram Insurgents, Rescue 30 Civilians In Borno |RN

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Brig.- Gen. Sani Kukasheka, Director Army Public Relations, said this in a statement issued in Maiduguri.

Kukasheka said that the troops also rescued 30 persons, captured one insurgent and recovered various caliber of ammunition from the insurgents.

He said that the troops had also cleared insurgents in their hideouts at Abusuriwa, Newchina, Bonzon, Usmanari, Goyayeri, Shitimari, Gashimari and Awaram villages in Bama local government area.

Kukasheka explained that 8 insurgents were killed while many of them escaped in the affected villages, adding that three males; 12 females and 15 children were rescued from the insurgents.

The army spokesman also disclosed that the troops also ambushed and killed six insurgents at Kumshe and Darel-Jamel villages.

According to him, the arrested insurgent was handed over to the appropriate authorities for intonation.

“Troops of 202 Battalion of 21 Brigade Nigerian Army in Conjunction with elements of Mobile Strike Teams (MSTs) on Operations LAFIYA DOLE, in furtherance of clearance and blockade Operation DEEP PUNCH II, on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017, cleared Boko Haram terrorists’ enclaves in Abusuriwa, Newchina, Bonzon, Usmanari, Goyayeri, Shitimari, Gashimari and Awaram amongst other villages in Bama Local Government Area of Borno.

“The troops whose continuous resolve in routing out the remnants of the suspected terrorists hibernating within the Brigade’s Area of Responsibility ensured that their superior fire power made the terrorists to flee in disarray, leading to the capture of one suspected terrorist while eight Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised.

“The gallant troops recovered four AK-47 rifles, three magazines, seven Dane guns, machetes, amongst other items.

“In addition, the troops also rescued three men, 12 women and 15 Children, among whom were an aged man and a woman held captives by the Boko Haram terrorists.

“The suspected terrorist has been handed over to the relevant authorities for further interrogation, while the rescued civilian captives are being attended to.

“Similarly, troops of 152 Battalion of the Brigade deployed as a blocking force at the Foward Operations Base, Kumshe, to aid a successful clearance operation ambushed some fleeing unsuspecting Boko Haram terrorists and neutralised five fleeing terrorists, while troops of 151 Battalion also deployed at the Forward Operations Base, Darel Jamel, neutralised a terrorist in an ambush.”

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Boko Haram Kills 4 Villagers In A Two-Hour Attack In Borno |The Republican News

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No fewer than four persons were killed in an attack by Boko Haram insurgents at Wanori-Amarwa community of Konduga local government area of Borno.

The incident occurred on Saturday at about 11: 00 PM at a village along Maiduguri-Konduga Road.

A witness, Idrissa Musa, said that heavily armed insurgents stormed the village in the night,  killed and maimed the inhabitants.

Musa said that the insurgents also carted away food items and razed down houses in the village.

He added that four persons died at the scene of the attack while two others sustained various degrees of injuries in the attack.

“The attack lasted for about two hours. The insurgent moved from house-to-house committing various forms of atrocities.

“Some of the surviving villagers with help of security operatives evacuated the wounded to the Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri,” he said.

According to him, the village was located few metres away from a security check point in the area.

The military authorities were yet to comment on the attack. (NAN)

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Army Frees 257 Boko Haram Suspects In Borno |The Republican News

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The Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Borno State was marked with the release of 257 suspected Boko Haram members arrested by the Army at the expansive Ramat Square, Maiduguri.

Handing over the suspects to the Deputy Governor Usman Mamman Durkwa, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, said they were thoroughly screened before their release.

Durkwa, Maj.-Gen. Irabor and other personalities later performed the tradition laying of wreath for the fallen heroes.

Also at the state capital, one of the widows of a deceased soldier, who joined Governor Ibrahim Gaidam in the wreath-laying ceremony, broke down in tears, apparently reflecting the memories of her late husband as she stood at the cenotaph to pray for the fallen soldiers.

At the event at the Quarter Guard of the Government House, Damaturu, the governor inspected a guard of honour mounted by officers and men of the 241 RECCE Battalion, Nguru.

Gaidam led the GOC 3 Div. Major General Peter Dauke, other service commanders, Emir of Fika and Chairman, Yobe State Council of Chiefs Alhaji Mohamadu Abali Ibn Mohammadu Idrisa, Nigeria Legion Chairman Captain Ibrahim Gadine (rtd) and one of the widows of the fallen heroes to perform the symbolic laying of wreath.

Prayers were offered for the repose of the souls of the fallen heroes. The governor performed the release of pigeons symbolising peace.

The occasion was attended by prominent government functionaries, including the deputy governor and other members of the state executive council.  (The Nation)

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DHQ Says Shekau’s End Near, 15 Terrorists Killed In Borno |The Republican News

 

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The Defence Headquarters, Abuja, has said that the days of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, are numbered, calling on his remaining members to surrender to the troops.

This is just as no fewer than 15 Boko Haram insurgents were killed by troops on Friday in a battle at Rann in Borno State.

Sources said five soldiers were also critically injured.

The Director, Defence Information, Brig.Gen. Rabe Abubakar, in an interview with our correspondent, said arrested Boko Haram members were already supplying the military with vital information.

Abubakar added that Boko Haram members should not allow Shekau to deceive them any longer, as his days were numbered.

He said, “The Boko Haram insurgents are applying medicine after death. After all, we are aware that such video was done before we took over Sambisa Forest. Therefore, the release of the video is not surprising to us.

“The insurgents are defeated and those arrested are giving us the vital information that will aid our mop-up operations in the area.

“We are going to convert the forest to a training camp soon. Shekau is a coward and we will trail him to anywhere he is hiding. He is definitely not in the Sambisa Forest of Borno State. We are calling on the remnants of the Boko Haram sect to surrender for their safety before it is late. They should not allow Shekau to deceive them as his days are numbered. The public should disregard all the antics of the terrorists.”

In the battle at Rann, which reportedly started as a gun fight between troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole and the insurgents at about 6am, it was learnt that no fewer than 15 of the Boko Haram members were killed.

A military source said troops also recovered weapons from the dead insurgents.

He said, “The gun battle lasted for about three hours. The terrorists actually planned to launch a surprise attack on the soldiers. Fortunately, the insurgents were the more hit.

“Troops from the 3 and 112 task force battalions in Rann were the soldiers who repelled the attack. Weapons ranging from AK 47 rifles, magazines, FN rifles to Improvised Explosive Devices were recovered from the insurgents.” (Punchng.com)

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Boko Haram Fleeing To Other Regions, Says Army |The Republican News

 

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The Nigerian Army has raised the alarm on Boko Haram insurgents who are fleeing from the Sambisa Forest, Borno State, to other parts of the country.

The army authorities, who issued a statement, urged the Nigerian public to be wary of people of suspicious movements and appearances during and after the Yuletide season.

The acting Director of Public Relations, Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, said the troops in the region, particularly the men of the Lafiya Dole operation, were working hard to contain the fleeing insurgents.

Read more: Military Launches ‘Operation Crackdown’ On Sambisa Forest

He said, “Due to the ongoing final clearance and occupation of Boko Haram hideouts in Sambisa forest, quite a number of them are escaping the theatre of operation in the North East to various parts of the country and elsewhere.

“We wish to therefore, inform members of the public especially residents of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, that they be vigilant and security conscious.”

According to Usman, Nigerians must watch out for strange movements or persons in their areas.

He added that members of the public should report any suspicious person or group of persons to security agencies for prompt action.  (Punchng.com)

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