The Joint Task Force, JTF Sunday night raided the main hide out of the suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Mubi the commercial nerve centre of Adamawa State where 156 suspected members of the dreaded group were arrested.
Weapons recovered in Mubi
The Commander of the 23rd Armored Brigade, Nigerian Army Yola, Brigadier General John Nwaoga hinted the operation was sequel to the recent clandestine activities and destruction of GSM masts in Mubi by the suspected terrorists.
He said the raid has really helped the military intelligence to unravel the mystery behind the protracted wave of shooting and bomb attacks in Mubi Town.
“Based on intelligence report, a combined team of the JTF isolated the area, cordoned it and made sure that innocent and law abiding citizens were not hurt” Brigadier General Nwaoga stated. He said a member of the group of terrorists was gunned down before the JTF could gain control of the area.
Among items recovered from the raid, code named “Operation Restore Sanity” were improvised explosive devices, chemicals, arms and ammunitions, over 500 dagger knives, 9 AK47 assault riffles, locally made pistols, rocket launchers among others.
Mubi, which is the commercial nerve centre of Adamawa State and the major link between the state and the Cameroun Republic has been in the centre of terrorists attack in the last one and half years.
Also in another development, men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe State have killed 35 suspected Boko Haram sect members and arrested about 60 others in Damaturu, the state capital.
Joint Task Force in Damaturu
Two members of the JTF were injured in the operation, which began at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, with the gun battle apparently taking place in the Kandahar, Pawari and Pawari Cemetery areas of the city. The violence lasted until the early hours of Monday, a spokesman said.
The JTF said it also recovered a large quantity of weapons and other accessories belonging to the sect.