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MNJTF neutralises several Boko Haram terrorists

Boko Haram suspects arrested during Operation Sharan Fage by MNJTF. Photo: Dauda Iliya

The Multinational Joint Task Force MNJTF has neutralised more than twenty Boko Haram insurgents, destroyed 5 gun trucks, 5 motorcycles, and several logistic bunkers during the recently concluded Operation Sharan Fage. 

The Operation was conducted to facilitate the return of internally displaced persons and refugees to towns and communities in the fringes of Lake Chad. 

In a statement by the Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF headquarters, Colonel Muhammad Dole says Operation Sharan Fage was jointly carried out by troops of Sector 3 Monguno in Nigeria, Sector 4 Diffa Niger Republic and the air component of Operation Hadin Kai. 

The statement explained that the exercise also created a favourable atmosphere under which the festivities marking the 63rd Anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Niger was peacefully conducted on 18 December in Diffa.

According to Colonel Dole, troops met strong resistance from the terrorists, however, the superior firepower by troops forced them to abandon their enclaves in and around Arege Gashigar, Asaga, Krinoa, Bana and  Kamagunma in the Lake Chad general area.

Regrettably, the statement says six members of the JTF from both countries paid the supreme sacrifice, sixteen sustained injuries while seventeen insurgents were arrested and are being profiled.

Meanwhile, the Force Commander, MNJTF, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim has commended the troops for their uncommon display of gallantry, professionalism and courage, promised to mobilise more equipment and other operational enablers to the Sectors.

Reporting by Dauda Iliya; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino