Nigerian Soldiers against Boko Haram Storm The Deadly Sambisa Forest

February 3, 2015 1:51 pm

As part of measures to contain and quell the insurgency ahead
of the general elections, Nigerian military has stormed the insurgents
their notorious hideout in Sambisa Forest, according to reports from
the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The director of defence information, Maj-Gen Chris Olukolade, told the
agency that the military had been raiding the forest and other hideouts
of the sect.

According to the agency, the army used it war drones to level some of
the Boko Haram camps in the northeast but it was not clear about the
casualties on both sides. The army said that they are still committed to
securing the civilian population at whatever cost.

Olukolade said, “We are still committed in ensuring that we degrade
their ability to continue their activities and eventually eliminate
them.

“The mission is on. There are no allowing anywhere. As many
times as they come, it will only give us the opportunity to decimate
them.”

A soldier involved in the operation said Chadian forces were working
under the African Union agreement to help in its fight against
Boko Haram.

Sources close to the area have confirmed that aerial bombardment had commenced.

A soldier serving with the 7 Division, Nigeria Army, Maiduguri confirmed
this development to Leadership even as he begged not to be quoted in
this report.

According to him, “special forces have been mobilised from different
part of the country, especially the 81 battalion, to Yola over the
weekend and the operation starts today (Monday).

“What people may have heard or seen today may not be unconnected with
the operation. They have to do the bombardment of the forest starting
from the fringes before the artillery troops would begin to advance. But
be rest assured that before the end of this week the forest as well as
many communities under the control of Boko Haram would be reclaimed”.

The soldier said himself and most of his colleagues were happy with the
resolution of the United Nations for agreeing to constitute an
international joint task force to deal with the Boko Haram.

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