Saturday 8 March 2014

Troops arrest Boko Haram’s specialist ‘human butcher’

The Defence Headquarters yesterday said that it had arrested a Boko Haram member  described as the sect’s  specialist  butcher of  its victims in the  Borno-Yobe axis.

The suspect is believed to have participated in the slaughtering of about 59 students in Federal Government College, Buni Yadi in Yobe State two weeks ago.

The military  crackdown on Boko Haram  heightened on Thursday night with the troops  engaging the insurgents  around the Lake Chad Basin. According to military sources, no fewer than 20 air raids were conducted against the sect between Thursday night and yesterday morning.

The troops, operating with the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), were also said to have foiled moves by the fighters in the sect to relocate to the Chad basins. About 50 assorted  grenades and 11 AK 47 rifles were said to have been seized from the Boko Haram fighters.

A suspected  terrorist with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was also arrested in Maiduguri.
Spokesman for the Defence Headquarters, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade,  said that the human butcher  was among  the over 30 suspects arrested by the military in connection with recent attacks by Boko Haram.

 He saind “the interrogation of captured terrorists from various locations has been yielding useful information as to their mode of operation.

“Among those in custody is a lead specialist in butchering human beings who insists he does not use firearms but daggers and cutlasses for his assignment.
“More assaults and encounters are continuing in other identified locations as intelligence sources confirm the routes being used by the fleeing terrorists.
“Troops have been directed to sustain aggressive patrols in certain areas where terrorists’ actions are anticipated.”

On the foiling of plans by the sect to relocate to islands on Lake Chad Basin, the DHQ said: ”The Nigerian security forces operating with the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) yesterday (Thursday) repelled a dusk attack by terrorists in their bid to overrun markets in communities on the outskirts of Monguno and NNPC at New Marte, Borno State along the Chadian border.
“Over 50 assorted brands of grenades and 11 AK 47 rifles were recovered from the fleeing terrorists.
“Cordon and search operations are ongoing at the general area while heightened patrols are continuing.”

A top military source added: “Actually, the sect fighters made desperate bid to shift base to Lake Chad basins following heavy pounding by land and in the air. “The air raids have forced the Boko Haram members to abandon their bases in the forests to look for new locations on the islands in Lake Chad Basin. “But the troops in collaboration with MNJTF forces curtailed their incursion during many encounters.”

Fresh reports indicated yesterday that a man suspected to be a terrorist was arrested in Maiduguri with “an unprimed Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Maj-Gen. Olukolade said “the suspect is undergoing interrogation.” None of the claims could be independently verified.

Culled from the Nation Online


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