Troops Kill Two ‘Boko Haram Commanders’

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed three insurgents, including two top Boko Haram commanders, Abul-Bas and Ibn Habib, during an ambush in Sambisa Forest, Borno State.

The two commanders belonged to the Abubakar Shekau faction and have been on the military watchlist.

Abul-Bas was the second in command to Abu Fatima, while Ibn Habib was the commander in charge of Njimia and Parisu camps in the Sambisa Forest.

According to a statement on Saturday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima, the renewed offensive operations by the troops of Operation Tura Takaibango in Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre, has continued to inflict heavy casualties on the Boko Haram terrorists and the Islamic State in West Africa Province criminals.

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The statement titled, ‘Troops of Lafiya Dole eliminate two most wanted Boko Haram commanders in Sambisa Forest,’ said the troops also recovered three General Purpose Machine Guns, seven AK47 rifles, a belt of ammunition containing 446 rounds of 7.62mm, one Boxer motorcycle and one ITEL 2160 mobile phone, among others.

It stated, “Among the latest exploits by the troops of Sector 1 was the ambush by troops of 121 and 151 Battalions on Tuesday, 9 February, 2021, sprang at BHTs crossing point between Vuria and Guja settlements along road Banki Junction – Pulka axis.

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“During the ambush, the troops neutralized three BHTs among who were two of the most wanted terrorist commanders known as Abul-Bas and Ibn Habib.”

“Abul-Bas and Ibn Habib were among the top BHTs commanders of the Shekau faction operating in Sambisa Forest and environs,” the army noted.