The chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has said that over 1,000 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists were killed in the past six weeks by the troops of the Nigerian military.
Buratai while speaking at a luncheon organized for the troops of “Operations Lafiya Dole” in Maiduguri on Sunday, May 24, said Nigeria has recorded tremendous gains in the war against insurgency.
In his address, the COAS assured that the troops are edging closer towards victory, especially with the insurgents suffering numerous casualties.
He added that a total of 84 high ranking members of Boko Haram logistics and informants have been arrested within the same time frame.
The army chief said the Nigerian military has put concerted efforts against BHTs and ISWAP and have dealt mercilessly with terrorists.
“We have successful displaced major camps of the BHTs. We have killed 1015 terrorists and ISWAP in the ongoing operation in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state respectively.”
“We have also arrested 84 BHTs logistics and information suppliers in the ongoing operation which started April 12, 2020,” Buratai said.
Buratai also appreciated the efforts of the Nigeria air force, navy, police force, Department of State Services, Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) and hunters for the successes recorded so far.
Earlier in the day, the military had said it killed a total of 35 Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) and ISWAP criminals at several attacks encountered in Borno State between May 11 and 22, 2020.