Source: Nigerian Tribune
The Nigerian Army has intensified training in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations and troops are now being deployed to confront the Boko Haram sect in their areas of operation.
Towards this end, troops are now patrolling major highways and towns complementing the efforts of existing task forces.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Major General R.I.D Isa, who disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the current security situation in the country, said that Nigerian Army troops on Operation Restore Order III recently raided a suspected terrorists hideout in Pompomari area of Damaturu in Yobe State, and discovered an ammunition dump and a number of AK47 rifles and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) while troops have continued to dominate the area with joint patrols.
The army spokesman said that major challenges posed by the Boko Haram sect had been reported mainly in Borno and Yobe states, adding that their targets had been mainly isolated offices of security agencies, a few army patrol vehicles and some places of worship.
According to him, Operation Restore Order I in Maiduguri, based on information obtained from arrested members of Boko Haram hadconducted series of search operations in conjunction with other security agencies leading to the discovery of about 40 small arms and subsequent arrest of suspected members of the sect.
He disclosed that in Yobe, some members of Boko Haram sect were making Improvised Explosive Devices (I.E.Ds) which exploded in the process and attracted troops who moved to the scene and recovered 32 assorted arms and 339 ammunition of different calibers among other items while those arrested were cooperating and making useful statements which would provide the basis for future operations.
By Chris Agbambu, Abuja