from AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN troops have killed three suspected Boko Haram logistics suppliers and arrested six others during current operations against the terror group northeast of the country.
The three were killed allegedly conveying food items to the desperate insurgents in the Sambisa Forest, feared as a stronghold of the Islamist group.
They were killed as soldiers reacted to an ambush by the suspects.
In a related development, troops have arrested four suspected logistics suppliers of the Boko Haram during a stop and search operation in the Balbaya village in Bayo, Borno State.
They were allegedly conveying fuel to insurgents in Tetteba, a border town in the neighbouring Yobe State.
Preliminary investigation also revealed that the suspects regularly supply fuel to Boko Haram members around a nearby insurgents’ camp.
In another breakthrough, the army intercepted a man believed to be a manufacturer of explosive devices for the terror group. He has been arrested in Bama, also in Borno state.
At another village in the state, the military arrested an alleged high profile Boko Haram informant and logistics supplier.
It is believed he recently supplied cattle to the insurgents.
Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, Nigerian Army spokesperson, confirmed that the three soldiers had been wounded during the ongoing operations.
“The wounded personnel are in stable condition and responding to treatment in a military medical facility,” he said.
The Boko Haram is engaged in a decade-long campaign to overthrow the Nigerian government. Over 30 000 civilians have been killed and 2 million others forced to flee their homes.
– CAJ News