By Augustine Ehikioya
Cutting supplies of food items and other materials to the Sambisa forest, troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have neutralized Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province BH/ISWAP insurgents at the Nigeria/Cameroon Border.
Some of them, according to a statement by the Chief of Military Public Information, HQ MNJTF, N’Djamena, Chad, Colonel Muhammad Dole, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA), escaped with gun shot wounds.
The food items recovered from them were believed to boost their supplies towards the incoming month of Ramadan.
The statement said “In the course of operations conducted within the period between 23-27 February, 2022, troops of MNJTF Sector 1, Cameroon conducted operation in Vretet-Zamga-Ngoshe triangle in the general area of Kirawa on the Nigeria/Cameroon borders where several BHT/ISWAP insurgents were neutralised and many fled with gunshot wounds.
“During the operation large quantity of materials and assorted food stuff were recovered. The items include 1 AK47 rifle, 1 AK47 Magazine, several ammunitions of the 7.62 MM special variant, 21 bicycles, 1 BHT uniform, 39 bags millet and 2 bags of beans.
“An intelligence analysis indicates that, the items were being smuggled from the borders to Sambisa forest. It is believed the terrorists are stockpiling materials for the incoming month of Ramadan.
“Further exploitation of the engagement areas showed traces of blood, evidence of BHT/ISWAP criminals removed corpses of their dead colleagues while 2 corpses of Boko Haram criminals were discovered,” it added.
The Force Commander (FC) MNJTF, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim, the statement said, has sent his personal commendation to the Commander, Sector 1 with Headquarters (HQs) in Mora (Cameroon), Brigadier General Bouba Dobekreo.
“The FC praised the display of courage and gallantry by the troops, as they continue to conduct special operations to combat the insurgents.
“He urged them to remain committed, bold and unpredictable and to continue to dominate the area, to ensure that BHT/ISWAP terrorists are cut off from any logistics resupply.”
General Ibrahim, the statement noted, assured that HQs MNJTF would make concerted efforts to ensure that all the Sectors get the equipment that were allotted to them recently.