Attahiru, who stated this on Tuesday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the army’s operations in the area, gave the assurance that efforts aimed at curtailing their activities were yielding result.
“You need to have a better understanding of how insurgents operate, they are not static troops; they (insurgents) are highly mobile, very fluid.
“There is no one solution to insurgency in the world. They (insurgents) are peculiar and we are approaching it based on the peculiar need of the insurgency in the North East.
“The ongoing counter-insurgency efforts of the Nigerian Army to deal with the threats constituted by the violent extremist organisation in the North East have continued to yield positive results”, he said.
Attahiru recalled that on Saturday, insurgents, using rocket-propelled grenades and AK 47 rifles fired into Gamboru-Ngala in Maiduguri, and troops deployed in the area promptly engaged them.
He said that the troops killed a number of them in the ensuing battle, and others fled to Fotokol in Cameroon.
The army spokesman also said that on Sunday, the terrorists mounted a road block on the Dikwa-Gamboru-Ngala axis where they waylaid passengers and shot at them.
He said that they killed four civilians and wounded two others, and set two petrol tankers ablaze, adding that troops from the Special Operations Battalion killed five of the insurgents. (NAN)