BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI
Remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists have run out of arms and ammunitions, as the Nigerians military intensifies attack on Sambiza Forest, an escapee and military sources have revealed.
This is even as the Director Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade confirmed to newsmen in Abuja that ground troops with support from airstrikes have stormed sambisa forest combing terrorists from their hideouts.
Although, Olukolade did not disclosed whether military troops have succeeded in killing or destroying terrorists camps in the ongoing raid which began on Wednesday, an escapee from Tabe village of Damboa local government area who narrowly escaped from the area said “the Boko Haram terrorists have run out of arms and ammunitions as the military intensify attacks on Sambiza Forest”.
He said “you can find more than 500 members of the insurgents with only few of them having rifles and even when one or two of them have rifles, it is like a stick, as they have run out of ammunitions, because the usual supplies they get are not forthcoming.
“I am optimistic that the military will succeed by killing many of these sect who have been terrorising residents in the past three years in the shores of Sambisa forest””. He stated
Another resident of nearby Yamtake village who does not want his name in print told our correspondent that “ As a result of the recent aerial bombardment on the Sambiza forest, many of the sect members including their commanders have fled into the nearby bushes of Yamtake, Tabe and Jangoro villages of Damboa local government area of the state.”
He called on the military authorities to come to their aid by mopping up the remnant of the insurgents who fled to these areas before they regroup to unleash terror on innocent villagers.
He said “the Boko Haram terrorists have only bow and arrows, matchets, daggers and other local weapons, as they have run out of arms and ammunitions and were roaming about in the bushes of the villages along the fringes of the Sambiza forest”.
Meanwhile, a security source from Bama, one of the recaptured local government area in Borno said the Boko Haram has caused a lot of destruction in Bama town, as corpses were scattered all over the streets, some were dumped in destroyed buildings and wells.
He said “only few structures still standing, as the terrorists have virtually destroyed all structures in the town. Very soon we are also going to the Sambiza forest for mop up operations, as we have been directed to clear the Sambiza before the May 29handing over dateline”. The security source also revealed.