Boko Haram

* Military claims more successes in Sambisa

The relative peace in the Northern part of Adamawa State was on Saturday shattered by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect who were said to be hacking down victims.

They attacked?a village in Madagali Local Government Area of the state called Kwamda-Kobla and killed 10 people.
The Daily Times learnt that about 20 Boko Haram members attacked the village at around 5am, attacked hacking down men with knives and axes.
The chairman of Madagali Local Government Counc?il, Maina Ularamu told reporters that the attackers did not shoot; they beheaded their victims.
According to him, members of a vigilance group had gone after the attackers before they escaped to their hideouts in the surrounding villages.
??The village is five kilometres from Gulak town but there is no security presence there as soldiers are deployed to Madagali town and Gulak only?, he saidMeanwhile, the military on Sunday claimed more successes in its campaign against insurgents in the Sambisa forest.It claimed to have overrun four more terrorist camps, two ammunition dumps and destroyed over 10 vehicles.
It added that the offensive resulted in the death of several terrorists and as well as a soldier.Ten soldiers who were wounded when they walked into large number of land mines that littered the Sambisa forest have been evacuated for treatment, the military added.
A statement by the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade said that?despite the obstacle, troops had forged ahead with the ongoing offensive operations as scores of the terrorists died in the assault on their bases on Friday.
Several of terrorist?s weapons and equipment perished after the encounter, he added.
Some equipment were also damaged or affected by the detonation of land mines in several points in the forest, he said, adding: ?A total of 20 women and children were rescued at the end of the Friday operation.?
He disclosed that the rescued women and children had all been airlifted out of the forest, while the wounded soldiers had also been moved out for necessary treatment.
In another development, cordon and search around Bitta have been intensified following an incident where two young boys were wounded after picking up a grenade from a refuse dump, he said.
The weapon is believed to have been abandoned by terrorists that fled the town which is not too far from Sambisa forest.
?Aggressive patrols and surveillance by land and air are also being maintained in the general area.

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