By Kingsley Omonobi
Abuja—Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, battling to rid Lake Chad fringes of ISWAP and Boko Haram terrorists, yesterday, said its Operation Yancin Tafki had inflicted heavy casualties on the terrorists leading to many deaths on the side of Book Haram.
Giving an update in a statement entitled “Operation Yancin Tafki: Boko Haram Suffer More Losses,” Col Timothy Antigha, spokesman of MNJTF said: “In consonance with the determination of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, to unhinge the structures of Boko Haram and dismantle its terror networks in the Lake Chad area, air and ground components of the task force have intensified air interdictions and mop up activities in the area of operation.
“In a recent engagement, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms as well as ground attack aircraft from a coalition of Cameroonian, Nigerien and Nigerian Air Forces intercepted and destroyed Boko Haram terrorists in Tunbum Rego, a prominent island in Lake Chad, believed to harbour high valued Boko Haram targets.
“In a related development, MNJTF troops from Sector 4 attacked Boko Haram assets in Arege, killing scores of terrorists in the process.
“A summary of personnel and equipment casualties suffered by Boko Haram in the last two days alone are shown below:
“Thirty three terrorists were killed in action, two gun trucks recovered, one Amoured Personnel Carrier destroyed, two motorcycles destroyed, one 120MM motar tube recovered, and 12 AK-47 rifles recovered among others.
“The MNJTF wishes to warn individuals still associated with Boko Haram to surrender themselves for demobilization and rehabilitation, while the opportunity still exists.”