Thursday, 20 June 2013

“Boko Haram Is Getting Weaker” – Nigerian Military

The Defence Headquarters
(DHQ) on Wednesday said
the killings of scores of
people in Borno and Yobe in
the past few days are
signs that the Boko Haram terrorists are losing the
battle against government
forces. The military said the trend of
sneaking in to carry out isolated
attacks on soft targets as a
way of seeking attention is a
typical end-game strategy often
employed by insurgents all over the world. Seven secondary school students
and two teachers were killed in
Damaturu, the Yobe State
capital when gunmen, believed to
be Boko Haram, attacked a
government school on Sunday. A day later, suspected Boko Haram
gunmen attacked two different
locations, a school and a fishing
village, in Maiduguri, Borno State
capital, killing nine students and
13 fishermen. In a statement signed by the
Director of Defence Information,
Brigadier General Chris Olukolade,
the Nigerian military said the
recent activities are signs of
desperation of a decimated insurgent group attempting to
hang on to public consciousness. With the destruction of their
operational bases and camps by
the Special Forces, the group’s
centre of gravity had been
effectively dislocated, he said. He
said this had made it impossible for the terrorists to have
freedom of action to operate as
they did previously. The military also said eight of
the suspected terrorists have
been apprehended in the
outskirts of Maiduguri. The statement said Special
Forces have stepped up the
mop-up, cordon and search
operations “to ensure that the
vestiges of terrorism are
effectively decimated. “The DHQ has noted a number of
attacks and killing of innocent
citizens ostensibly carried out by
terrorists in Yobe and Borno in
the last couple of days. “Although this isolated incidents
were undertaken by relocating
terrorists, the whole trend and
development remains
unfortunate and condemnable. “Nevertheless, the public is
hereby reassured that these
incidences are by no means
indicative of a relapse in the
counter-insurgency operation
aimed at curbing terrorists’ activities in the country.” The military, however, urged the
public to continue to report any
suspicious movement to security
agents.
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