The Nigerian Army has destroyed over 20 Boko Haram camps at the border towns of Kerenowa, Gumada and Dogon Gida areas of Borno State, Nigeria’s north east.
Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, who made the announcement on Sunday, said during the ongoing operation, “The troops discovered and destroyed over 20 well-fortified terrorist camps in the general area of Kerenowa.
The army spokesperson said, “The camps include some at the gateway to Kerenowa, Gunmada and Dogon Gida.
“In addition, the troops have also discovered that to evade aerial reconnaissance and bombardment, the terrorists have dug twin tunnels to conceal their facilities and routes in and out of the camp.
“Among facilities discovered were training areas equipped with instructional and training materials that include wooden guns, among others.
“The troops have also cleared Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), along the road linking Marte, New Marte and Kerenowa.
Usman said that it is apparent that the sect lacked the will to fight as they are in obvious disarray, abandoning their camps fleeing and leaving behind vehicles, solar panels used to power devices, food and other logistics, beddings, various IEDs-making devices, cables and cords.
He stated that the advancing troops’ morale remains very high and they exude confidence and zeal to destroy all known Boko Haram camps along their axis of advance.
While calling on Nigerians to be confident in the Nigerian troops, Usman said, “We still reiterate our call for citizens to remain confident in the ability of our troops to eliminate all remaining vestiges of the terrorists before the year runs out in line with Presidential directives.
“Citizens are also requested to kindly provide useful and credible information to the military about any known terrorists or sympathizers,” he said.
Meanwhile, not less than five people were confirmed dead, and several others injured, on Saturday, following a suspected suicide attack near Maiduguri.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aderemi Opadokun, who made this known at a news conference, on Sunday in Maiduguri said five persons, including the four suicide bombers died in the explosion.
He said, “There was explosion on Saturday, when four suspected female suicide bombers detonated explosives at Dala Yazaraye village, near Molai on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
“Four people sustained injury and were taken to hospital. The area has been rendered safe by EOD personnel at the scene,” Opadokun said.