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MNJTF neutralizes terrorists in Lake Chad axis

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor

Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) operating in the Lake Chad region have neutralised scores of Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists during clearance operations.

According to the spokesperson of the MNJTF, Lieutenant Colonel Kamarudeen Adegoke, the troops conducted a series of operations to clear terrorists from Kangarwa village in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State, as well as the surrounding localities of Metele and Dogon Chuku.

Adegoke disclosed that the Nigerian and Chadian troops of Operation Lake Sanity who have continued their onslaught against the insurgents in the Lake Chad Basin Islands recorded the feat.

MNJTF neutralizes terrorists in Lake Chad axis
MNJTF neutralizes terrorists in Lake Chad axis

He explained that the troops engaged members of Boko Haram/ISWAP in the general area of Dogon Chuku and after a fierce exchange of fire, they neutralised several terrorists while others withdrew off balance with their casualties.

He added that during the onslaught, the troops recovered several arms and ammunition, including a gun truck, one 81 MM Mortar, one Dushka gun, and several logistics items.

In a similar operation, troops of MNJTF comprising personnel of Sector 3 continued to dominate their firm base in the northern part of the Tumbuns where they conducted clearance operations to Tunbun Fulani and the general areas South of Arege.

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Adegoke said a decomposing corpse and a Dushka gun of a suspected terrorist who had been neutralised during a previous encounter in the vicinity were recovered.

He added that troops of Sector 4 MNJTF deployed at Chettimari in Niger Republic conducted a cordon and search operation West of Gororop village and its general area.

“The search operation followed information from an arrested ISWAP fighter who confessed to being an active member of the terrorist group,” Adegoke stated.

He said several weapons, including one RPG tube, one AK 47 rifle, 182 rounds of ammunition, and nine AK 47 magazines were recovered from the hideout.

Meanwhile, the MNJTF has dismissed the claim by the terrorists that they killed a sizeable number of Chadian troops, saying it was an exaggeration to boost their capacity and hoodwink their fighters who were already showing signs of giving up.

However, Adegoke said that the only attack carried out by the terrorists was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which resulted in the injury of five Chadian soldiers, without no death recorded.

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