Zagazola - MNJTF eliminates 300 terrorists in 30 encounters in the Lake Chad

MNJTF eliminates 300 terrorists in 30 encounters in the Lake Chad


Confirms the killing of Abu-Ibrahim...


By: Zagazola Makama


The Multinational Joint Task Force(MNJTF), on Saturday said it has  eliminated 300 Boko Haram or Islamic State of the West African Province(ISWAP), in the fringes of the North East Lake Chad.


Lt. Col. Kamarudeen Adegoke,  Chief of Military Public Information Officer

HQ MNJTF N'Djamena, who  disclosed this in a statement released in Maiduguri, said the terrorists were killed in 30 separate encounters with the terrorists. 


Adegoke said that the Force Commander stated this during an appraisal meeting with all the Commanders of the MNJTF drawn from all Sectors. 


He said that that the  meeting was designed to at appraising the operations so far in preparation for the  the next decisive stage.  

He said that an increasing dependence on Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)by the insurgents  was noted and necessary counter measures were proffered. 


"About 4  IED making factories were destroyed in the course of the operations so far. He praised the decisive role of the Air component of the MNJTF/ Operarion  Hadin Kai for the remarkable role  played in taking out several enemy camps, equipment and commanders latest among was Abu Ibrahim who was an ISWAP leader( Khalifa) in the Lake Chad Tunbumas and was a leader before in the Timbuktu General areas.


He noted that the achievement was recorded due to the synergy and cooperation with  Operation Hadin Kai .


According to him  over 52,000 terrorists comprising fighters, those conscripted by force, and their families  have surrendered in the MNJTF and Op Hadin Kai areas of operational responsibility.


He  called on the terrorists be they Boko Haram faction or ISWAP to abandon the criminal organization and surrender like thousands of their compatriots have done before it is too late.


"The entry of the Chadian contingent provides additional firepower in terms of armoured personnel Carriers ,MRAPS  and other combat enablers and urged that the criminal Boko Haram Terrorists/ ISWAP be hunted and wiped out wherever they are,"he said.


He also praised the maritime efforts so far and said he looks forward to more successes in the next few days and weeks.


"Regrettably, the Operation recorded about  7 casualties comprising 6 soldiers and a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force supporting the operations.Several troops have also been injured but are recuperating well. 


He prayed for the repose of the heroes who paid the supreme sacrifice and quick recovery for the injured. 


The FC also  commended the officers and men of the MNJTF for their commitment and gallantry noting that  history would remember their role in ending the scourge of terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin.