•Chad loses seven soldiers
Senator Iroegbu with agency report
The troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) at separate encounters over the weekend eliminated about 90 Boko Haram terrorists.
The Nigerian troops of Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole, along with the Cameroon Defence Force, killed no fewer than 27 of the terrorists in a fierce encounter at the weekend with Boko Haram terrorists
In the same vein, the Chadian forces also skilled 63 of the terrorists in a fight near Lake Chad also at the weekend, making a total of 90 terrorists terminated in the two seperate encounters.
Although there was no casualty recorded on the side of the Nigerian-Cameroon forces, in the shootout on 13 April in the Northern part of Wulgo, Tumbuma, Chikun Gudu and Bukar Maryam villages of Borno State, Chad lost seven men.
The Chief of Military Public InformationMNJTF, N’Djamena – Chad, Col.Timothy Antigha, had in a statement on Monday, confirmed that the MNJTF comprising of Nigerian and Cameroonian troops neutralised 27 terrorists and captured gun trucks, arms and ammunition.
Antigha said the renewed offensive is in response to the summit of the Heads of State and Government of countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission held in N’Djamena, Chad, last November, where multilateral agreements were fine – tuned and the MNJTF was repositioned to deliver on its mandate.
According to him, one of the mandate was to “create a safe and secure environment in the areas affected by the activities of Boko Haram and other terrorists groups, in order to significantly reduce violence against civilians and other abuses, including sexual and gender based violence, in full compliance with international law, including international humanitarian law and the United Nations Human Rights Due Diligence Policy, among others.”
“In pursuance of this mandate, the MNJTF launched Operation Yancin Tafki on January 22, 2019. Accordingly, varying degrees of successes continues to be recorded since the operation started. Over the weekend troops of the MNJTF again inflicted heavy human and equipment casualties on Boko Haram Terrorists in an engagement along Bukar Mariam, Saada and Tumbum Babba axis in Northern Borno.”
The MNTF Spokesperson gave details of Boko Haram Terrorists killed and equipment captured or destroyed to include: Terrorists neutralised- 27, AK 47 Riffles – 5, AR Galil Riffles – 1, G3 Riffles – 3, General Purpose Machine Gun – 2, Anti Aircraft Gun – 2, Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG 7) Tubes – 4, M21 Riffles – 1, RPG 7 Bombs, Assorted Ammunition – over 1000 Rounds, Toyota L/C – 1 (Destroyed), Nissan Gun Truck – 1, Toyota Gun Truck – 1, and Motor Cycle – 1
In the light of the forgoing, Antigha said, MNJTF wishes to emphasize that Boko Haram represents evil and an existential threat to everyone in the Lake Chad Area, irrespective of religion or creed.
He urged the public and the media in particular are enjoined to remain in solidarity with the military, as the ongoing Operation Yancin Tafki is intensified, adding that “the MNJTF and national forces are fighting a just war and will certainly conquer what is left of Boko Haram establishment”.
In the same vein, the Chadian Army confirme that seven of its soldiers were killed in an attack by Boko Haram, with the terrorist losing 63 of its fighters in the process.
The Chadian Army Spokesperson, Azem Bermendoa Agouna, aid on Monday.
Agouna said that the Islamist militants injured 15 others when they attacked an army position in Kaiga Kindjiria, in western Chad, on Sunday, according to Agouna.
He however, stated that their forces killed 63 Boko Haram fighters during the fighting near Lake Chad.
Boko Haram is a Nigerian jihadist group but also carries out attacks in neighbouring countries.