According to a statement signed by the DHQ spokesman, General Chris Olukolade, the Dure camp which is one of the most prominent camps in the forest witnessed the fiercest battle as the Special Forces descended heavily on it before it finally fell. "There has not been any static deployment of troops in Marte for quite sometime in line with the need to emphasise more aggressive patrol of many threatened isolated communities while the assault on the forests and mountain hideouts of terrorists is ongoing. "Only occasional patrols and surveillance have been undertaken towards the area as the bulk of troops are engaged in the operation to clear the terrorists from all identified enclaves in the forest.
According to dependable military intelligence sources who disclosed these details to the media outfit, Shekau had to send representatives to ISIS affiliates with strongholds in East and North Africa to pave the way for his escape to their region, from where he intends to coordinate his group's activities or ultimately relocate to ISIS headquarters in the Middle East.
A military source who spoke to Nigerian Times said men of the 114 Task Force Battalion are set to liberate the settlement discovered as another Boko Haram stronghold. The Military spokesperson Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade disclosed earlier that the battle will soon be over because the sect members are "on the run". In recent months Nigerian security forces have taken back most of the territory previously under the control of Boko Haram.
As the military deploys its special force units to track the fleeing leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, there are strong indications that the terror kingpin may have fled Nigeria through the help of Islamic State (ISIS) groups operating in East and North Africa. Saturday Sun gathered that with the recent loss of his group's caliphate headquarters, Gwoza to the Nigerian troops and the invasion of Sambisa forest by a detachment of the nation's special force units deployed from their base in Makurdi, Benue State, the Boko Haram leader saw his capture as imminent.
The Sun reported that Shekau is on the run following the recent loss of the sect's caliphate headquarters in Gwoza, to Nigerian troops and the invasion of Sambisa Forest by a detachment of the nation's special force units deployed from their base in Makurdi, Benue state. According to dependable military intelligence sources who disclosed these details to the media outfit, Shekau had to send representatives to ISIS affiliates with strongholds in East and North Africa to pave the way for his escape to their region, from where he intends to coordinate his group's activities or ultimately relocate to ISIS headquarters in the Middle East.
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Some of the videos included recording of scenes of trials, beheading, executions, stoning, floggings and those taken during preparations for suicide attacks. Many of the video materials recovered by the troops are currently being analysed by military experts. There have been tales of woes and great distress from many of those rescued from the terrorists about their reign of terror and lately of despondency within the ranks of the insurgents.
Today, Nigerian soldiers are rescuing hundreds of kidnapped girls and women from the last forest stronghold of the Islamic insurgents. Soldiers on the battlefront around the hills and caves of Gwoza, which Boko Haram had declared the capital of its caliphate, told The Associated Press this week that many improvements have led to the turnaround against the insurgents.
Nigerian troops in the last two weeks have been combing the Sambisa forest clearing relics of terrorist activities within the dreaded forest. This recent operation has led to the discovery of some many captives in the custody of the insurgents that the Nigerian society was not aware of. At the moment, 23 Armoured Brigade of the Nigerian Army based in Yola, Adamawa State, has handed over two hundred and seventy five(275) of the rescued women and children from the insurgents in Sambisa forest to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for rehabilitation.
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Spokesman for the military, Major General Chris Olukolade, confirmed the arrest on his twitter handle. It is the latest development in the counter-terrorism operations in the north-east. A number of terrorists died in an encounter with troops who caught up with them as they fled prior to the recovery of the women and children. A member of the vigilante group serving as guide to the troops was however wounded," the military said in a statement.
The group is not part of the Boko Haram sect, Special Task Force spokesman, Captain Ikedichi Iweha, told Reuters News Agency, but he did not give further details on their identity. "Tongues were cut off, eyes were gorged out, bodies were decapitated," Iweha said of the soldiers killed in the April 28 attack that saw several villages on the border of Plateau and Taraba razed to the ground.