Many members of the Boko Haram and Islamic State Of West African Province (ISWAP) have fled their stronghold after troops raided their camp in Sambisa Forest in Borno State.
The Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
He explained that soldiers attached to Operation Hadin Kai overran the insurgents in the course of a special operation without resistance about 9am on Thursday.
“The gallant troops of Operation Hadin Kai, in a special operation codenamed Op Desert Sanity, captured the terrorist stronghold of Ukuba/Camp Zairo in Sambisa Forest,” said the military spokesman.
“In what could be described as a blitzkrieg, the troops routed the terrorists and captured their enclave. The terrorists fled the camp leaving behind their heavy weapon arsenal.”
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Onyeuko stated that the troops recovered several heavy equipment after a thorough cordon and search of the captured camp.
He listed them to include one main battle tank, one 155mm Bofors gun, one trailer, one 122mm gun, two 105mm gun, one Mines Resistance Ambush Protected (MRAP) fighting vehicle, one MOWAG Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), and one Mack trailer, as well as a large cache of arms and ammunition left behind by the fleeing terrorists.
“Further exploitation is ongoing,” the major general said. “The capture of the terrorists’ stronghold of Camp Zairo is a major setback to the criminals.
“The military High Command commends the ever-conquering troops of Op Hadin Kai for this immense success. They are enjoined not to rest on their oars but use this as a springboard to finally defeat the insurgents and keep up the fighting spirit.”
The photos below capture some of the highlights of the operation.