Military Expels Boko Haram From Alagarno Forest

Ther Nigerian military has recorded another successful operation against members of the radical Islamist group, Boko Haram in Borno State.


The Nation reports that the Nigerian military in a statement issued on Tuesday morning inAbuja by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, revealed that the Islamic militants were expelled from Alagamo forest in Borno.

“This morning, troops of the Nigerian Army along with support from the Nigerian Air Force, cleared the last camp of Boko Haram terrorists in Alagarno forest located between Kaga and Daboa local government areas of Borno, which link Yobe and Gombe States,” it said.

NAN reports that the key terrorists camp within the forest comprised; Falluja and Timbuktu, adding that all the camps have been cleared by the troops.

It listed items recovered in the operation to include armoured fighting vehicles and computers, adding that troops have continued to mop the general area for fleeing insurgent.

Alagarno is the major haven of terrorists ahead of Sambisa forest.

Meanwhile, Nigerian Observer newspaper reports that a number of weapons and equipment were captured during the operation.

It listed recovered items to include; Armoured vehicles, several arms and ammunitions of various sizes and calibres, power generating sets, grenades and Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs), bows and arrows, megaphones and rolls of copper cable which the terrorists used as one of the materials to make IEDs.

It was also reported that cordon and search and a mop up of the community is still on going to make the environment safe for displaced locals to return to their houses.

Despite being one of the terrorists’ strongholds in the State, Alagarno also provided routes used by the insurgents to navigate neighbouring towns and countries.

The thick forest in the area has provided a safe haven for the bloodthirsty terrorist group for a long time because the terrain before now was not easily accessible and it was endowed with natural hideouts from aerial bombardments.

The insurgents have killed more than 5,000 civilians between July 2009 and June 2014, including at least 2,000 in the first half of 2014, in attacks occurring mainly in north-east, north-central and central Nigeria. Corruption in the security services and human rights abuses committed by them have hampered efforts to counter the unrest.

Hopefully, the menace of the Islamic militants will soon be permanently halted as the leaders of central and west African states will be holding a summit on April 8 to try to draw up a joint strategy against the threat posed by Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants.