Sunday, 7 October 2012

JTF kills Boko Haram kingpin

The Joint Task Force on security in Yobe State said it  killed a Boko Haram kingpin and 30 suspected members of the sect in a gun battle on Sunday.
According to a statement by  JTF's spokesman, Lt. Eli Lazarus, the slain kingpin, Bakaka was  the terrorists' field commander.
Lt. Lazarus said 10 other members of the group were arrested after the heavy exchange of gun fire on Sunday in Kandahar and Cemetary areas of Damaturu.
It stated that the JTF was working hard to track down other members of the group.
"Six rifles, 90 rounds of ammunition, several handsets and SIM packs were recovered.
"Other items recovered include knives, bows and arrows, diggers, two tricycles and three cans of IEDs," the statement added.
The statement also announced the appointment of Col. I.S. Ali, as the new JTF Commander in the state.
He replaces Col. Dahiru Abdulsalami who proceeds to National Defence College for further military studies.
"Until his appointment, Col. Ali, was Deputy Director, Department of Training and Operations (DATOPS), Army Headquarters, "  the statement said.

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