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•Troops arrest Boko Haram commander, recover cache of arms

Senator Iroegbu

In a significant victory against terrorism, troops of Sector 3 under the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) successfully neutralized six terrorists in a daring counter-ambush in Binduldul, Borno State, Nigeria. 

This was disclosed in a statement on Friday by the Military Public Information Officer of MNJT in N’djamena, Chad, Lt-Col. Abubakar Abdullahi. He said the operation, carried out on 20 October 2023, shows the unwavering commitment of the MNJTF towards clearing remnants of terrorists in its Areas of operation.

During the operation, Abdullahi stated, the troops recovered a substantial number of arms, including 2 x PKT guns, 5 x AK 47 rifles, 3 x AK 47 Magazines, and 239 x rounds of ammunition of various calibers. This seizure has dealt a heavy blow to the terrorist network and significantly disrupted their activities in the area. 

“Sadly, two brave soldiers sustained injuries during the operation but are in stable condition and are receiving medical attention. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families, we wish them a speedy and full recovery,” he said 

In a related development, the MNJTF Spokesperson said that on 17 October 2023, Bulama Bukar, a 23-year-old suspect, surrendered to troops in Gubio, Borno State. 

According to him, Bukar claimed to be a Commander of Boko Haram, located at Camp Tafkin Chadi in Gilima village of Abadam Local Government. His voluntary surrender was facilitated by the Borno State government effort.

Upon surrendering, he noted, Bulama Bukar handed over one AK 47 Rifle, 5 x Magazines, 44 x 7.62-millimeter Special Ammunition, and one motorcycle, alongside other items. 

Abdullahi stressed that “this surrender and the recovery of the cache of arms will undoubtedly motivate his other colleagues to lay down arms towards a more secure region”.

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He also stated that the Force Commander, Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Sallau Ali commended the bravery and dedication of troops in the successful execution of these operations adding that MNJTF remains committed to working closely with local authorities and the international community to restore peace and security in the Lake Chad basin region.

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