Troops of the Nigerian military on Tuesday made remarkable achievements in the ongoing counter insurgency war when they captured Alagarno, the spiritual headquarters and deadliest training camp of the Boko Haram.
During the raid on Alagarno and general areas around Sambisa forest, troops were able to arrest two elders and notorious leaders of the insurgent group, named Mustapha Busuru, 50 years old, and Usman Abubakar, 56 years old. They were caught at Dole village where they were hiding.
Some of the insurgents were killed during the ensuing gun battle, even as victorious soldiers were able to recover several vehicles, motorcycles, stockpiled foodstuffs, arms and ammunitions.
Spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, told newsmen, in a statement that fleeing Boko Haram insurgents had attacked isolated villages where they set houses ablaze and injured many residents.
“On Tuesday troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion patrol team, cleared Boko Haram camps located at Komala, Dole, Kumshi and Moadori around the fringes of Alagarno forest”, said Colonel Usman, an Acting Director Army Public Relations.
“The troops killed two Boko Haram terrorists and captured two notorious terrorists; Mustapha Busuru (50 years old) and Usman Abubakar (56 years) at Dole village and brought down all Boko Haram terrorist flags hoisted in the village and destroyed them.
“They also recovered two Toyota pick up vans, 40 motorcycles, Improvised Explosives Making Devices (IEDs), stockpile of foodstuffs and fuel dump. The patrol team also recovered horses and donkeys used for transportation by the terrorists.
“In response to a distress call of an attack by Boko Haram terrorists on Kuda village along Butuku road, troops of 143 Battalion swung into action, unfortunately the terrorists fled after setting the village on fire that led to the death of an elderly woman. The escaped insurgents regrouped and attempted to cross through Magar Bridge but they were pre-empted by elements of the battalion who killed two terrorists and wounded several others.
“Sadly, three soldiers and four locals sustained injuries, while the troops recovered one Toyota Buffalo vehicle mounted with an Anti-Aircraft Gun with registration number 081375, one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) with registration number 132042, a loaded G3 rifle magazine and 30 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunitions link. Both military and the wounded civilians are receiving treatment at the unit’s Regimental Aid Post”.