Military troops launch attack on insurgents' camps in Nigeria States

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-10-3 9:51:30

Military troops have commenced air and ground bombardment of Boko Haram new camps in Nigeria's northeast states of Yobe and Borno, security sources told Xinhua on Wednesday.

The source said military troops were moved into the areas following upsurge of attacks and killing along the Damaturu- Maiduguri road and other major roads in the areas.

"There is air bombardment on Boko Haram camps now. Troops are also combing the Benisheik-Damboa axis in Borno with Goniri, Gujba Local Government in Yobe State," the source said.

Both Benisheik, a small community along Maiduguri-Damaturu road, and Gujba, south of Damaturu, the Yobe State's capital, have witnessed persistent attacks including the killing of over 100 travelers during mid September and massacre of 40 college students by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

"The operation is recording some successes though it is still on going. Our bosses wanted the operation to be discreet," a military personnel said, adding that the military resolved to use satellite this time around having identified the movement of the insurgents.

"They've been moving from one point to another but we've got their location now. Our colleagues are there and I believe they will get the terrorists even if not all," he said.

However, Spokesman of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Lt Col Sagir Musa told journalists in Maiduguri on Wednesday he was not aware of the operation.

"I am not aware of any special operation," he said.

But when asked about a military jet roving unusually around the Bulunkutu axis in Maiduguri outskirt down to Damboa area, he said it was a normal military exercise, saying nothing is new about that.

"Following periodic strike by Boko Haram terrorists on Maiduguri-Damaturu road, the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army is fully concerned and it's acting on it with the view to containing this ugly trend not only on the road but other major roads as well in its areas of responsibility," Musa said.

"The whole effort is to destroy terrorism and ensure protection of lives and properties of citizenry. Members of the public are requested to continue to remain resilient and should be conscious at all time as the 7 division is posed to eradicating this madness, " Musa added.

Activities of the Boko Haram sect have recently been on the increase in Borno, a state in the northeastern region of Nigeria, which shares a border with Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

In April, the Nigerian government tried to broker a ceasefire with the sect but failed.

The Boko Haram sect seeks to enshrine the Islamic sharia law into the constitution and declares war against the Western education.

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