25 April 2016
Five Boko Haram terrorists were killed yesterday by troops of 81 Battallion, and elements of the 251 Battalion of the Nigerian Army while escaping Sambisa forest in Borno State.
This was disclosed in a statement made by the Acting Director of the Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman. According to him, 14 motorcycles, assorted laundry items, and bags were recovered by the troops. From indication, the terrorists were attempting to meet with their families to plan on relocating to other places as the troops earlier on arrested women and children fleeing the forest on Saturday. This was revealed in his statement: “From all indication, the fleeing terrorists intended to hook up with their wives and children who are obviously waiting for them close to Fulawani village for onward movement to other locations in Sambisa forest.”
He additionally averred their suspicion stating, “During screening and interrogation, it was confirmed that they were an advanced party relocating to new places, following intense tactical operation by troops. It was also discovered that the recovered items were for sale in other locations where remnants of the terrorists were hiding and in dire need of logistics. Further investigation also revealed that the terrorists were fleeing Sambisa forest to other areas for safety.”
Following recent arrests and killings of terrorists in the past weeks by both the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and the Nigerian Army, he concluded in certainty that the terrorists could no longer bear the continued aerial and ground attacks.