The Nigeria Army has announced the arrest of over 126 suspected Boko Haram members at an Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Damboa, Borno state.
Speaking with journalists on Wednesday, Major General Leo Irabor said the suspects were flushed out during mop-up operations.He revealed the Mop-up operation was carried out after some Boko Haram elements stormed Sabon Gari area in Damboa Local Government area of the state.
In his words;
“During the attack, we lost about six soldiers and equipment, some of our soldiers were also wounded.After the unfortunate incident, a joint operation was carried out by 3 and 125 task force brigade of the army.Based on intelligence report available, we learnt there was an attempt by Boko Haram to attack Damboa town and many of the insurgents have infiltrated the IDPs camp in Damboa.We also have an intelligent report that many of those insurgents that participated in the attack on Sabon Gari have infiltrated into the IDPs camp.During the raid on the camp, one of the terrorists, in particular, was identified to have taken part in the Sabon Gari attack”
Mop-up Operations will continue in IDP camps
“The operation is a continuous one, even though the arrest had elicited reactions from some NGOs working in the camp, also the IDPs, who viewed what we are doing differently.This was what really happened, though yesterday, there was an incident in Konduga where three suicide bombers detonated their explosives killing themselves and wounded some locals.Also, we had a case where some of our troops on patrol in Dikwa ran into an Improvised Explosive Device, where two soldiers were wounded, but they are getting better in the hospital.In Damasak also, we suspected Boko Haram movement looking for logistics and food, we laid ambush and killed four of them and recovered a Hilux truck, weapons, fish and rice.It will also interest you to note that our Naval component of the operation have been very active in lake Chad.We are currently strengthening out platforms on that axis toward ensuring that we go deeper in our operations to fish out other Boko Haram terrorists in the area.Looking back into our operations in the last 14 months that I took over as the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, much has been achieved,”