B’Haram rig Sambisa with landmines, kill 4
In their final onslaught against the Boko Haram terrorist group, Nigerian forces were forced to make a retreat from the sect’s Sambisa Forest stronghold in the restive northeast after a landmine blast killed one soldier and three vigilantes.
Military top brass said on Wednesday that soldiers were conducting offensives “in some forest locations” in the area after it was announced last week that operations were imminent.
Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade said in a statement that “The operations especially in forest locations are progressing in defiance of obstacles and landmines emplaced by the terrorists”.
But progress has been severely hindered because of improvised explosive devices, a civilian vigilante involved in the operation told AFP in an account backed by a security source.
“Boko Haram have buried landmines all over the routes leading to their camps in the forest, which is no doubt a huge obstacle retarding the military offensive against them”, he said.
Troops withdrew just five kilometres from Boko Haram’s main camp in the densely forested area because of landmines.
“We decided to turn back since the route was unsafe. As we were driving back, one of the vehicles carrying CJTF (Civilian Joint Task Force) hit a mine. A soldier and three CJTF were killed while another soldier was injured. We trudged along and made it back to Bama on Wednesday.”
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April 24, 2015 at 8:15 am
Cui bono? Boko Haram, how could they afford the land mines? How could they sustain all these attacks? The problem with funding terrorist organisations is that they are like dragons that cannot be tamed and will burn everyone, including their masters. And they are definitely heavily funded by organisations outside the country as well as within.
April 24, 2015 at 9:31 am
land mines again?i tot they said they now use bow and arrows…i just wonder where they get all these weapons from.
April 24, 2015 at 9:46 am
Don’t know what to believe in these times. A professional army should anticipate all that stuff. So, are we gonna wait again forever for some kind of mine-clearing equipment to be deployed? #Bringbackourgirlsnow.