Soldiers captures Boko Haram commander, rescue 241 women, children
The Nigerian military has scored another high point in its streak of successes in the battle against the Boko Haram terrorists, with the capture of one of the insurgents' commanders and 43 other suspected members, even as 241 women and children were also rescued.
The Army's spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, in a statement on Wednesday, said the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Yusuf Buratai, has commended the troops for their gallantry and determination to see to the presidential mandate.
According to Usman, the advancing troops on Tuesday made a progress and cleared two terrorists' camps at Jangurori and Bulatori villages, rescued the hitherto vulnerable women and children captured by the insurgents and arrested 42 members of the group and one of their commanders, Mohammed Bulama Modu.
Modu, the Army spokesman said, had made useful confessions and led the troops to where he had hidden his arms somewhere in the village.
The statement also read: “The troops have also arrested 43 suspected Boko Haram terrorists, including one of the Boko Haram kingpins in the area, Bulama Modu, who is an 'Amir' of Bulakuri. The troops also rescued 241 women and children during the operation.”
Usman said that Boko Haram kingpins as a result of the unrelenting military pressure had resorted to burying their weapons in the sand, saying that some members of the group had abandoned their commanders in the heat of battle against the country's Special Forces.
Usman bsaid that Modu led the troops to a point where he buried his AK 47 rifle.
He said, “Please recall that yesterday, advancing troops along Banki axis made tremendous progress in which they cleared two Boko Haram terrorist camps at Jangurori and Bulatori villages.
“In addition to that, the troops have also arrested 43 suspected Boko Haram terrorists, including one of the Boko Haram kingpins in the area, Bulama Modu, who is an 'Amir' of Bulakuri. The troops also rescued 241 women and children during the operation.
“To further confirm what was said earlier about the terrorists abandoning their commanders and burying weapons, one Mohammed Modu led troops to where he buried his AK-47 rifle at Jangurori village.
“Apart from arms and ammunition, bows and arrows recovered from Bulama Modu, the kingpin, he confirmed that the terrorists also gave him a horse to enhance his deadly pursuits.”
The troops, Usman added, also arrested one Aji Gambo at Wudla village who disclosed that the terrorists who attacked northern Cameroun were from Dara Jamel in Nigeria, where the insurgents had an Improvised Explosive Device factory.
According to the spokesman, Gambo also told the troops that the IEDs used for the attack on northern Cameroun were prepared by the trio of Abdulrahaman Alkali, Ba'ana Hisuba and Alkali Isa Karami, all natives of Dara Jamel.
He added that the suspected insurgents had fled Dara Jamel for Sumbulun village.
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