After 10 days’ siege on Alargano, the Nigerian troops has successfully captured the spiritual headquarters of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, it has been revealed.
Addressing a press conference in Maiduguri on Tuesday, the head of the counter-insurgency operations in the North-East, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, said the Nigerian troops’ offensive to capture Alargano since March 18, 2016, was successfully concluded on Monday.
He said the offensive commenced on 18 March, 2016 about 9 o’clock in the morning with troops of 3 and 7 Division, assisted by air bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
Irabor lamented that the advance was halted several times due to planted impoverished explosive devices (IEDs) along the routes leading to Alargano.
He said during the operations, troops had to clear Yajiwa, Joba, Mosa, Ariwuzumari, Missene Sansan and Kagalmari villages, all at the fringes of the forest.
He declared: “Our gallant troops finally entered Alagarno on 28 March, 2016, during which several Boko Haram terrorists were killed along the route.
“This operation demystified the Boko Haram terrorists’ spiritual power base in Alagarno. Throughout the operation, the NAF monitored the operation, consistently resupplied the advancing troops as well as assisted in evacuating soldiers that were wounded in action.”
Clsiming that the military has recorded tremendous successes against the insurgents, Irabor said in the last one month Nigerian troops captured Kumshe.
He explained that this was achieved in conjunction with Cameroonian forces.