JTF spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, in a statement issued on Friday, has revealed that operatives of the force conducted two special operations supported by Nigerian Air force Helicopter Gunship to dislodge Boko Haram Terrorists’ Camps located in Sambisa Game Reserve in Bama Local Government and Farin – Ruwa Forest South West/East of Demboa Local Government Areas of Borno State.
A member of the JTF was reportedly killed during the operations which lasted between Wednesday and Thursday 30th and 31st of January 2013. According to the statement, the fundamentalists had training facilities, armoury, accommodation, drug/medical store, kitchen, vehicle holding area, and latrine as well as water point on the camps.
Also, the camps were said to have been used to conduct trainings before carrying out recent attacks, killings and bombings in Maiduguri, Musari, Konduga, Biu, Bama, and Demboa communities. Efforts by JTF troops to destroy the camps led to the death of the 18 people as the camps were completely destroyed and are now being monitored by the troops.
The statement also reveals that six AK 47 rifles, two G3 rifles, three pistols, one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) and 20 RPG charges were recovered from the areas. Others items recovered include: two double barrel rifles, 2,543 assorted rounds of ammunition, 33 assorted magazines, three laptops, 10 assorted Motorola walker talkies, 20 telephone handsets , 40 assorted prime IED canisters as well as a generator set.