As the war against Boko Haram rages on, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said it is recording great results in its current battle to wipe out the insurgents, especially in Sambisa Forest and Gwoza in Borno state.
According to the Nigerian Watch, military authorities claim to have killed over 600 Boko Haram fighters in a concerted attack on their base in Sambisa Forest. The Nigerian Air Force bombed the terrorists while ground troops launched a land offensive.
Targeted at Boko Haram’s training camps and logistics facilities in Sambisa Forest, the strikes targeted the town of Gwoza where the terrorists have a base. Reportedly, 615 insurgents have being killed during the operation.
According to military sources, hundreds of other fighters have fled into the surrounding countryside as a result of the assault, while large caches of equipment were recovered.
The DHQ in a statement confirmed the incident, saying that a lot of terrorists have died in a coordinated air campaign by security operatives, while many others were fleeing in the forest.
The statement reads: “A concerted air campaign by the Nigerian Air Force is ongoing in furtherance of the mission to clear terrorists from all their enclaves.
“The air strikes which today targeted the training camps and logistics dumps of the terrorists in Sambisa forests and parts of Gwoza have been highly successful as it achieved the aims with required precision.
“The death of a large number of terrorists has been recorded while many others are also scampering all over the forest and out of the struck bases. Details of casualty will be determined in subsequent phases of the operation.
“Meanwhile, the strikes continue in other locations of the theatre heralding the advance of troops and other elements of the mission.”
It is widely suspected that the Sambisa Forest, located not far from the Borno state capital, is the home for Boko Haram insurgents. About two weeks ago reports surfaced that Nigerian troops had finally invaded the insurgents’ notorious hideout in the forest as a part of actions to suppress the terrorists.