A sudden rise in Boko Haram assaults during the last three months has pressured the Nigerian navy to fine-tune its counter-insurgency operations within the war-ravaged North-east, Nigeria’s Chief of Military Employees, Tukur Buratai mentioned on Wednesday.
The military chief additionally mentioned the terrorists now use drones and international fighters of their operations.
Mr Buratai described the exploits of the jihadists as “daring,” saying it threatened to erode the beforehand recorded achievements within the counter-terrorism efforts.
Boko Haram has carried out profitable, back-to-back assaults on Nigerian navy bases since July, leaving heavy personnel and gear losses of their wake.
Mr Buratai lamented the current assault on Nigerian Military 157 Job Pressure Battalion in Metele, Borno State, on November 18. Not less than 118 troopers, together with the battalion’s commander, had been killed within the assault, assist additionally confirmed not less than 153 lacking in motion. Mr Buratai, nonetheless, says solely 23 troopers had been killed within the Metele assault.
The military chief mentioned the assaults have put the navy’s resolve to check, however assured the insurgency can be uprooted earlier than lengthy.
“Since 2015, the Nigerian Military, along side sister providers and different safety businesses have systematically degraded the capabilities and capability of Boko Haram terrorists and lots of successes had been achieved.
“Nevertheless, within the final 2 – three months, now we have seen daring strikes by the terrorists, elevated use of drones towards our defensive positions and infusion of international fighters of their ranks. These potent threats require us to repeatedly assessment our operations,” Mr Buratai mentioned on the 2018 Chief of Military Employees Annual Convention in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital the place Boko Haram has waged its devastating marketing campaign since 2009.
Safety specialists have lengthy warned that Boko Haram was recruiting international parts to assist advance its jihadist trigger in Nigeria. The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) has claimed accountability for a lot of the assaults focusing on Nigerian navy property.
Mr Buratai’s feedback, circulated by Sani Usman, immediate-past spokesperson for the Nigerian Military, mentioned Boko Haram additionally suffered heavy losses within the three-month interval, which spoke to the gallantry and resilience Nigerian troops.
Borno villages of Kukawa, Ngoshe, Kareto and Gajiram got here below assault at completely different occasions” over the previous two weeks, from November 2-17, Mr Buratai mentioned. “Every of those incidents had been efficiently repelled and several other members of the terrorists had been killed.”
Mr Buratai mentioned the 16 navy personnel had been killed and 12 wounded in motion throughout the interval.
The navy has reportedly intensified offensive towards Boko Haram positions because the assault on November 18. PRNigeria, a public relations agency near the militart, cited navy sources as saying the Nigerian Air Pressure carried out a sequence of aerial bombardments of Boko Haram hideouts since November 25.