Troops from the Seventh Division of the Nigerian Army have killed dozens of Boko Haram insurgents in Alagarno village and neighboring communities in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State. Alagarno is 45 kilometres from Maiduguri and has been a major stronghold of the terror sect.
This came following a battle that lasted for over 48 hours, according to locals who fled the area to Maiduguri, the state capital.
Several arms and ammunition were recovered by the military from the insurgents’ hideout in a tunnel that is capable of housing more than 3,000 fighters and over 200 vehicles.
A security source told journalists that many vehicles of the insurgents, some with anti-aircraft missiles mounted on them, were destroyed, reports the Nigerian Tribune.
Our source within the military said after their dislodgment from dozens of communities in Northern and central parts of Borno State, the insurgents intensified shuttling between Sambisa forest and Alagarno, a move that also allowed them to get in and out of some communities in Yobe State.
“Hundreds of the terrorists have been killed during aerial reconnaissance and ground operations which started days ago and is still ongoing. We are making serious progress because we ensured that all their escape routes have been blocked before the latest operation began,” the source said, adding that “after we took over Gwoza, even the so-called Shekau relocated to Alagarno area and he is still on the run. But we will get him. We will surely get him.”