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Army neutralizes three insurgents as Boko Haram commander surrenders

Army neutralizes three insurgents as Boko Haram commander surrenders

Following actionable intelligence acquired on Tuesday, Nigerian Army troops have killed three suspected insurgents in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Bulama Bukar, a suspected Boko Haram commander, also surrendered himself to the soldiers of the 5 Brigade in Gubio, Borno State.

This was revealed in a statement released on the Army’s X (formerly Twitter) website on Wednesday, which was signed by Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations.

Nwachukwu revealed that throughout the various operations in the two states of Borno and Kaduna, which are a part of the force effort aimed at ridding the nation of terrorism and insurgency, several ammunitions and cash were recovered.

The statement said that actionable intelligence obtained by the Nigerian Army’s 2 Battalion forces allowed them to prepare an ambush for the suspected rebels, killing three of them. In addition, the same troops’ actions resulted in the interception of an ammo courier.

He said, “In recent operations, troops of 2 Battalion acting on actionable intelligence on 17 October 2023  staged an ambush against marauding insurgents at Udowa general area in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State. During the operations, troops neutralized three insurgents in a fierce firefight, while others escaped in disarray.

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“Troops recovered from the fleeing insurgents, a bandolier containing 111 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, one AK 47 magazine,  2 motorcycles, one set of high-frequency communication radio, and 2 mobile phones. Sadly one soldier paid the supreme price during the encounter.

“In another operation the same day, troops of 1 Brigade on a stop and search operation intercepted a suspected Ammunition courier in Birnin Magaji LGA of Zamfara State. A preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was on a mission to deliver ammunition to a Bandit leader named Gishiri. The vigilant troops recovered a bag containing 224 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition,  one mobile phone, and the sum of four thousand naira (#4,000)only from the courier. The suspect is currently in custody undergoing further investigations.”

Nwachukwu also revealed that Bulama Bukar, a suspected commander of Boko Haram, runs a terrorist camp in Tapkin Chad, and has been the focus of profiling sessions.

“In the North East theatre of operations,  a notorious Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) Commander, identified as Bulama Bukar has surrendered to troops of 5 Brigade in Gubio. The surrendered terrorist was the commander of the BHT Camp Tapkin Chad at Gilima village in Abadam LGA of Borno state.

“Items recovered from the surrendered terrorist include one AK 47 rifle,  5 magazines,  44 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one magazine carrier jacket,  one knife,  one motorcycle, and the sum of twenty-three thousand,  five hundred naira (#23,500.00) only.  The suspect is currently undergoing profiling sessions”, he stated.

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