Troops Bomb Boko Haram Commanders’ Convoy, Kill Several Members In Borno

Troops Bomb Boko Haram Commanders’ Convoy, Kill Several Members In Borno

By HASSAN JIRGI, Maiduguri

Troops of the Nigerian Army (Operation Hadin Kai) have confirmed that it attacked the convoy of a commander of the Boko Haram terrorists´ group, Abubakar Sarki, in Sambisa Forest, killing an unconfirmed number of terrorists.

The sources added that intelligence information had it that Abubakar Sarki and his team were heading towards Abu-Ubaida’s camp to engage their rival fighters from the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), in a battle of supremacy.

A ground assessment confirmed that three gun trucks with all its occupants were completely destroyed, while the remaining five vehicles and terrorists including Abubakar Sarki escaped.

Information gathered by a counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in Lake Chad, Zagazola Makama, and made available to our correspondent revealed that after sighting a moving convoy conveying Abubakar Sarki and an unconfirmed number of fighters, the army deployed a massive artillery gun resulting in devastating hits on the terrorists.

Another sources added that the terrorists though aborted the mission, evacuated the dead and wounded fighters towards the axis between Pulka and Banki.

The sources further revealed that the troops were ordered to go after the fleeing terrorists and neutralise them.

Our correspondent gathered that the infighting between the two terrorists groups had intensified with the ISWAP fighters hunting their Boko Haram rivals during the day time while the Boko Haram members because of their knowledge of the terrain use the cover of darkness to embark on their own reprisal attacks.

AljazirahNigeria gathered that the offensive was coordinated by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Nigerian Army and Commander Sector 1North East Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK), Maj Gen Waidi Shaibu, on Saturday at Yuwe location, within the Konduga local government Area of Borno