Monday, 25 May 2015

B’Haram: Army kills 30, recovers foreign currency


*Director, Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade


The troops of the Nigerian Army have found a large amount of Euro on a terrorist commander who was killed during an encounter with the insurgents at Mafa, near Nigeria’s border with Cameroun.

The Director, Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, said in a statement on Monday that the Boko Haram commander was killed when the Special Forces repelled an attack on Mafa on Saturday.

Olukolade said that the terrorist, who was of the highest Amir cadre of the Boko Haram, was among 30 terrorists killed in the Mafa battle.

The Defence spokesman said that several others fled the scene of the battle with bullet wounds.

He said that the soldiers also captured some arms and ammunition, tubes of rocket-propelled grenades, a buffalo vehicle and other equipment from the insurgents.

According to him, the military only lost damaged equipment in the operation.

He stated further that the troops had commenced a mopping up operation while the battle against the insurgents continued in several fronts in the operation.

He said, “Thousands of Euro currency was found on the body of a terrorist commander after troops successfully repelled terrorists on Mafa towards the border.

“The terrorist, who was also an Amir by status and believed to be of foreign descent, was among about 30 terrorist fighters who died in the encounter while many others fled with wounds.

“The terrorists also lost a number of weapons and equipment including the captured 13 rifles, a machine gun, rocket-propelled grenade tubes and several other assorted ammunition.

A Toyota Buffalo vehicle was also recovered from the terrorists. Two of their armoured vehicles were also destroyed in the battle.

“The only casualty on the side of our own troops was damaged equipment. Mopping-up operations are ongoing in the general area.

“Meanwhile, the offensive on all terrorists’ hideouts continues in many fronts.”

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