BOKO HARAM: Finally, Nigerian troops invade Sambisa Forest

BOKO HARAM: Finally, Nigerian
troops invade Sambisa Forest

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The Nigerian military has commenced an operation
in the dreaded Sambisa Forest in Borno State to
flush out Boko Haram insurgents.
The forest is said to host some of the training
camps and facilities of the terrorists in the North-
East.
According to reports, the military decided to raid the
forest in order to make the North-East safe for the
forthcoming general elections.
A reliable source in the Army disclosed that Air
Force jets started the raid on Monday, while
surveillance activities and raids were also ongoing
on Wednesday.
The source said, “The military started an operation
in the Sambisa Forest on Monday. For now, there
are no specific cases of arrest; we don’t have that
information now. The Air Force has been operating
in the area since Monday. It is after that that the
ground troops who are on red alert would be moved
in.”
Another source close to an office strategic to the
operations also confirmed the development.
He said that a lot of activities were going on
simultaneously in the forest and other parts of the
North-East believed to host Boko Haram camps.
He added that military was combing the forest
because of intelligence reports that some of the
Boko Haram militants who were dislodged from
some communities in the North- East were moving
back to the forest to regroup.
However, the Director of Defence Information, Maj.
Gen. Chris Olukolade, was unavailable for
comments as calls to his mobile did not connect as
at the time of filing this report.

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