By Umar Yusuf & Joseph Erunke
THERE was wild jubilation in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State when news of two Boko Haram Commanders killed by hunters was announced.
The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Ahmed Sajoh, told newsmen that the feat recorded by the hunters received wide accolade, saying government will surely reciprocate the gesture through provision of logistic support.
The hunters repelled an attack by Boko Haram on Bakin Dutse and Gadamayo villages in Madagali council, killing two top commanders in the process.
Locals said that the insurgents attacked Gadamayo and Bakin Dutse to steal food and medical supplies after residents fled to the bush, but failed in their mission.
Spokesman of the hunters in Madagali, Ali Hammajabu, said: “Yesterday (Wednesday), at bout 11p.m., our hunters successfully averted a massive raid on villages of Bitu, Gadamayo and Bakin Dutsi.
“The terrorists, who were on their way to attack selected communities, were ambushed on receiving intelligence report of the terrorists’ intention. We engaged them and in the process, two Boko Haram members, in military camouflage were killed.
“We found two AK-47 rifles and Police teargas cannisters, which we handed over to soldiers in Madagali.”
Meanwhile, troops of 8 Task Force Division of Operation Lafiya Dole, have killed 10 Boko Haram terrorists in an ambush at Maza village in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State.
The terrorists fell into the ambush laid by troops at about 9p.m., as they attempted to sneak back into their swampy hideouts in the Lake Chad.
Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 8 Task Force Division, Colonel Timothy Antigha, said items recovered from the terrorists include 10 bicycles, 11 carts containing food items and two cows.
In a related development, troops also recovered 50 cows abandoned by fleeing terrorists, during clearance operations conducted in Danari and Mowo villages in Monguno Local Government Area, the statement said.
“It should be noted that as the noose continue to tighten on Boko Haram terrorists, coupled with the wet season, they have resorted to the use of bicycles and charts as means of transportation,” it added.