Boko Haram: Terrorists flee, leaving 72 family members – DHQ

Fleeing Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province terrorists have been reported to have left 72 of their family members behind in the heat of military onslaughts in Ngala town in the Gamboru-Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State, the Defence Headquarters reports.

The DHQ’s Defence Media Operations (DMO) made this known in a press conference on Friday in Abuja while noting that family members of the insurgents comprising 33 women and 39 children, are already being profiled based on the usual procedure by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for further possible action.

Coordinator of the DMO, Maj Gen John Enenche, while speaking on behalf of the DHQ, sad that those left behind were an indication that more terrorists were willing to surrender to the military.

He said, “One of such moves was the dropping off of 72 family members of the Boko Haram and ISWAP, comprising 33 women and 39 children, at the entrance of Ngala town in Ngala LGA on May 10 at about 8.30pm.

The DMO reported that these 72 persons rescued from the Boko Haram terrorists have remained in the custody of troops for further action. In a related development, the operation at Mainok–Jakana in the Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State, reported that 61 Boko Haram criminals were neutralised by the theatre.

Gen. Enenche informed the presss conference that 603 former Boko Haram fighters will be reintegrated to their respective communities and immediate families by June 2020 after the process of de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration are complete.

He noted that 11 ISWAP fighters also surrendered to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Adamawa State on Monday and that the insurgents were being profiled.

He also encouraged terrorist fighters still in the field to surrender to the armed forces or face the heat and fire of the Nigerian Army particularly in the ongoing artillery and air bombardments of the Lake Chad islands.

Airstrikes were recorded by the Nigerian military through Operation Hadarin Daji have killed no fewer than 27 bandits and destroyed their hideouts in Nahuta and Doumborou border communities between Katsina and Zamfara states.

According to Enenche, a surveillance of hideouts of the terrorists show that several of the bandits were seen along with a large number of rustled cattle. The attack aircraft took turns in engaging the area, neutralising some of the bandits while few escaped with injuries.

“Human intelligence sources later confirmed that no fewer than 27 bandits were neutralised as a result of the attack.

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