Troops of 25 Task Force Brigade under Operations Hadin Kai in Damboa, Borno State have thwarted attempt by desperate ISWAP terrorists to attack base housing surrendered terrorists.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday.
He said, the terrorists of Islamic State of West African Province, (ISWAP), confronted with the obvious reality of defeat embarked on a desperate move to undermine the unprecedented depletion in its fighting force, have resorted to attacks on surrendered Boko Haram members and their families.
“This antic of terror within terror is being employed by ISWAP to discourage intending surrendering terrorists in their ranks. The latest strategy is not unconnected with the frustration of the group as top ranking commanders and members denounce violent agitation to embrace peace in recent times”, he said.
According to the Army Director, this palpable apprehension might have led ISWAP on Saturday, 2 October 2021 to embark on a mission to annihilate or capture Boko Haram terrorists who have surrendered in Damboa.
“The gallant troops of 25 Task Force Brigade Operation HADIN KAI whose superior firepower forced the terrorists to withdraw in disarray, ensured Damboa did not fall to their antics.
“The terrorists made futile attempt to access the facility housing the surrendered BHT members, but retreated when confronted with the superior firepower of own troops”, he stated.
Brigadier General Nwachukwu in the statement noted that, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, while commending troops for their doggedness, charged them to take the fight to the terrorists’ enclaves to deny them freedom of action, while assuring them of requisite support as they record more operational gains in Operation HADIN KAI.