Boko Haram Carried Out 81 IED Attacks Since January 2022 – Military

Despite the ongoing mass surrendering by members of the terror groups, and the stepped-up military operations, the terrorists have carried out more attacks using IEDs.

At least 81 attacks were carried out by Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province using Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) between January and March 2022, Nigerian military authorities said.

Chris Musa, the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai in Maiduguri, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria who disclosed this, said the federal troops had killed between 800 and 1000 ISWAP and unrepentant Boko Haram fighters, during several bombardments  by the air components on strategic locations and hideouts of the terrorists. 

Musa spoke on Friday, March 25 during a media chat with journalists on the current happenings on the frontlines.

Giving an analysis of the ongoing war situation in the last three months, Col. Obinna Azuikpe, who is the Theatre Intelligence Coordinator said about 10 soldiers lost their lives within the period under review. 

He said most of the IED attacks had many innocent travellers as casualties. 

“The terrorists usually take advantage of the failed portion of the reopened roads to plant IEDs,” he said. 

The Colonel said ISWAP had also launched eight indirect long-range firing into Maiduguri, the Borno capital and other locations in Borno and Yobe states in the last 12 weeks. 

Despite these attacks, the military said it is winning the war, especially with mass surrender and mass destruction of Boko Haram and ISWAP camps as well as seizure and destruction of high calibre weapons of the dislodged Boko Haram fighters. 

The military said the infighting caused by the leadership crisis between ISWAP and Boko Haram fighters has been helping the troops to win the battle against the terrorists. 

Col. Azuikpe said as a result, at least 126 Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters have been killed since January this year.

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist who has provided extensive coverage of the Lake Chad conflict in north-eastern Nigeria for over a decade. A graduate of English Language with a Diploma in Mass Communications. He previously worked as an assistant editor with Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper. Haruna has a strong knowledge of the Northeast and follows the trends in the region closely.

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