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Defence Headquarters Claims Adamawa now free of Boko Haram terrorists

The Director Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, yesterday said Nigerian troops has succeeded in clearing Boko Haram terrorists out of Madagali, the last major town held by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria’s Adamawa State.

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The Major General who is on a tour of mission areas in the North-East, announced the development via a press statement. He said there were no casualties on the side of the Nigerian forces, which included the Army, the Airforce and other security agencies and mop-up operation is ongoing in the town.

The Defence Headquarters also posted some tweets, read the image above

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Soldiers after Recapture of Mubi Town

The ridding of Adamawa of terrorists is an extension of the string of successes the Nigerian troops have had since they commenced an extensive six-week anti-Boko Haram operation on February 14.

The troops routed terrorists from different towns and communities in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Gombe, including Bara, the headquarter of Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State, Gulak, the Headquarter of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Other locations also cleared in the course of the operation, according to the military, include Shikah, Fikayel, Tetebah, Buza, Kamla and Bumsa, Monguno, Marte, Gamboru Ngala, Dikwa and Baga among other big towns and communities.

On Wednesday, the military announced it dislodged the Boko Haram terrorists from Lame/Bura forest between Ningi and Torro Local Government Areas of Bauchi State.

Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, said troops from 33 Brigade of the Nigerian Army cleared the area of terrorists in an operation which started last weekend.

“Quite a number of terrorists were killed, their weapons and equipment destroyed. Similarly, a sizeable number of arms, ammunitions, food stuffs, Hilux vehicles, motorcycles and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) were recovered by the troops,” Mr. Sani said.

The troops, he said, also recovered three Hilux vehicles, 12 motorcycles, four AK-47 rifles, a Fabrique Nationale rifle, one Small Machine Gun (SMG), one Police Teargas pistol, 36 Primed IEDs, 56 rifles magazines and over 500 rounds of 7.62 milimetre ammunition.

Other items recovered are six jerrycans of groundnut and palm oil and several Improvised Explosive Device-making materials, amongst others.

The liberated area, he said, was an hideout and operating ground for the terrorists.

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