AFRICANGLOBE – The Nigerian military has gunned down one of the top Commanders of the Boko Haram terrorist group during an exchange of fire at Alagarno, the closest major town to the infamous Sambisa forest.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday, saying that the terrorist kingpin died while leading a comeback attack on the troops.
“A notorious top terrorists commander, Abu Mojahid, was among the terrorists that died in their encounter with troops in the outskirt of Alagarno, Tuesday morning. The terrorists had staged a daring attack on troops who were on patrol of the area”, Olukolade said..
According to him, a number of the terrorists died as the troops repelled the attack.
“Some Rocket Propelled Grenades as well as vehicle mounted Anti-Aircraft guns were either captured or destroyed in the encounter”, he revealed .
Meanwhile, he added, the military operations are continuing in the form of offensive action on identified terrorists in some forest locations.
The Defence spokesman also stated that aggressive patrols, mopping up as well as cordon and search are also continuing in the other locations in search for weapons and terrorists.
Olukolade also noted that improvised explosive devices planted by the terrorists to deter the comprehensive offensive by the advancing troops are also being carefully cleared as troops continue to pursue fleeing ones.
“The operations especially in the Sambisa forest locations are progressing in defiance of obstacles and land mines emplaced by the terrorists”, he said.
By: Senator Iroegbu