AFRICANGLOBE – After 10 days’ siege on Alargano, Nigerian troops have successfully captured the spiritual headquarters of terrorist group Boko Haram.
Addressing a press conference in Maiduguri on Tuesday, the head of the counter-insurgency operations in the North-East, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, said Nigerian troops’ offensive to capture Alargano since March 18, 2016, was successfully concluded on Monday.
He said the offensive commenced on 18 March, 2016 about 9 o’clock in the morning with troops of 3 and 7 Division, assisted by air bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
Irabor lamented that the advance was halted several times due to planted impoverished explosive devices (IEDs) along the routes leading to Alargano.
He said during the operations, troops had to clear Yajiwa, Joba, Mosa, Ariwuzumari, Missene Sansan and Kagalmari villages, all at the fringes of the forest.
He declared: “Our gallant troops finally entered Alagarno on 28 March, 2016, during which several Boko Haram terrorists were killed along the route.
“This operation demystified the Boko Haram terrorists’ spiritual power base in Alagarno. Throughout the operation, the NAF monitored the operation, consistently resupplied the advancing troops as well as assisted in evacuating soldiers that were wounded in action.”
Claiming that the military has recorded tremendous successes against the insurgents, Irabor said in the last one month Nigerian troops captured Kumshe.
He explained that this was achieved in conjunction with Cameroonian forces.
By: Michael Olugbode
Nigerian Troops Recapture Alagarno Forest, Rescue 567
Troops from the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ Command of the Nigerian Army have recaptured Alagarno forest in Kala-Balge LGA of Borno State from Boko Haram militants, killing 35 of them and destroying their camps, the Theatre Commander, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, said yesterday.
Irabor told newsmen in Maiduguri yesterday that his troops also arrested two militants alive, recovered many sophisticated weapons and rescued 567 captives.
He said in the process to recapture Kala-Balge, the troops cleared Wumbi, Tunish and Tilen villages, killing 15 terrorists, destroying their camps, two Toyota pickup vehicles, four counter trucks and recovering weapons and equipment.
“Our troops are currently conducting clearing operation in the local government to destroy the remnants of those who fled in course of that operation,” Irabor said.
He noted that the forest had served as the spiritual headquarters of the terrorists. He added that during the operation, five soldiers were wounded and were currently in hospital.
By: Ibrahim Sawab