The Multinational Joint Task Force troops operating in the fringes of Lake Chad have again neutralized 33 Boko Haram terrorists with a stern warning to others to surrender forthwith.
According to its spokesman, Colonel Timothy Antigha, the Task Force using it extensive networks together with Air and ground components raided and mopped up the insurgents in their hideouts within the Theatre of Operation.
Colonel Antigha explained Thursday in a statement that Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms were also used by the coalition troops of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroun and Chad to deal a deadly blow on the terrorists.
Antigha said: “In consonance with the determination of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to unhinge the structures of Boko Haram and dismantle its terror networks in the Lake Chad Area, Air and Ground Components of the Task Force have intensified air interdictions and mop up activities in the Area of Operation.
“In a recent engagement, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platforms as well as ground attack aircrafts from a coalition of Cameroonian, Niger and Nigerian Air Forces intercepted and destroyed Boko Haram Terrorists in Tunbum Rego, a prominent island in Lake Chad, believed to harbor High Valued Boko Haram Targets.
“In a related development, MNJTF troops from Sector 4 attacked Boko Haram assets in Arege, killing scores of terrorists in the process. A summary of personnel and equipment casualties suffered by Boko Haram in the last 2 days alone are shown below:
Thirty three terrorists killed in Action, Two Gun Trucks recovered, One Armoured Personnel Carrier destroyed and Two Motor Cycles destroyed.
“One 120MM Motar Tube, Twelve AK 47 Riffles, Two 60MM Motar Bombs and Three Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty Six (3736) rounds of assorted ammunition were recovered. In addition, one Binocular and Two Hand Grenades were also recovered.
“The MNJTF wishes to warn individuals still associated with Boko Haram to surrender themselves for demobilization and rehabilitation, while the opportunity still exists.”