Division 7 Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Borno State, has disclosed that the division has uncovered the new tactics the Boko Haram insurgents in carrying out their wicked attacks.
Army yesterday said it had destroyed two suspected operational vehicles of the Boko Haram sect in the ongoing operations in Maiduguri.
The spokesman of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Lt.-Col. Mohammed Dole, who announced this in a statement, said that the destruction was to remove the insurgents terrorising motorists on highways in Borno State.
He said the sect members hide in the bush and come out to pounce on soldiers and other victims with the help of some informants who patrol the roads on motorcycles and cars.
He disclosed that suspected camps of the insurgents hidden in shrubs, valleys, hills and trees in the forest had been uncovered where about three motorcycles and two vehicles had been recovered from arrested informants of the Boko Haram insurgents while the real insurgents are being pursued. They mostly used the motorcycles in spying to plan for attacks on innocent people.
“We have been able to identify camps used by the terrorists in planning attacks against motorists and innocent villagers in Kaga Local Government Area of the state. Troops of the division, supported by the Nigerian Air Force, have been able to destroy these camps since we began the operations this week,’’ Dole said.
He also gave the assurance that efforts were being made to track the insurgents down in the Sambisa Forest and counter their plans as enough military men had been deployed to the bush.
He said although the insurgents were moving all over the places, planning, operating and striking villages and towns, the 7 Division had also re-strategised and was tactically raiding all their camps using combat teams along the Maiduguri-Biu-Gwoza axis and the Maiduguri-Damaturu road to get rid the insurgents.
He also revealed that the division has traced some Boko Haram camps in Gowok and Marguba villages, killing several of the terrorists, while those who escaped and fled are still being pursued.
The Army spokesman further said that the military was ever ready to accept sect members who were willing to surrender and said they could do that by going to the nearest village heads and handing over their weapons to them.
On the issue of detainees, he said they were still under the JTF custody and people should exercise patience until the committee constituted by the defence headquarters completes its assignment.