The Nigerian army reports that they have killed a ‘wanted’ Boko Haram terrorist. The slain terror leader is serial number 95 the ‘‘Nigerian Army Wanted List of 100 Boko Haram terrorist leaders.’‘
The disclosure was made via a statement by Colonel Sani Usman, spokesperson of the army, who said the army sprang an ambush in an area used by Boko Haram to transport logistics on Thursday resulting in the death of the terrorist.
The Boko haram leader was wounded in the exchange of fire with the troops and was captured alive having sustained fatal wounds but he later died while receiving medical treatment from his wounds.
According to the statement, the troops recovered 7 Jerri cans of 30 litres containing 210 liters of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), motorcycles and food stuff in addition to arms and ammunitions.
The operation was undertaken by troops of 7 Multinational Joint Task Force Brigade Quick Response Group (QRG) stationed in Baga and 118 Task Force Battalion, along Daban Masara axis.
Nigeria and the Boko Haram combat
The Nigerian army since President Buhari took office last year, have taken the anti terror combat to Boko Haram insurgents, who claim to be fighting towards the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria’s northeast.
As a result if their activities, thousands of lives have been lost and millions have been displaced from their homes in a six-year insurgency that has threatened the peace of three Nigerian northeastern states namely, Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
Beyond Nigeria, the activities of Boko Haram have goen as far as threaten the Lake Chad region comprising Niger, Cameroon’s far north region and Chad. That situation led to the formation of a Joint Multinational Task Force (JMTF) to fight the insurgents.