Nigerian army troops have eliminated two notorious top commanders of the Boko Haram extremist group, Abul-Bas and Ibn-Habib at Banki Junction road, around Pulka axis of Borno State.
Both Abul-Bas and Ibn-Habib were among the top commanders of the Shekau faction of Boko Haram operating in Sambisa forest and its environs, who have been on the intelligence agencies’ watch-list for sometime.
It was gathered that the two slain commanders, alongside their bodyguards and fighters, were killed yesterday by military troops, in an ambush at their crossing point between Vuria and Guja settlements.
This is part of a renewed, and highly-intensified offensive operations by troops of ‘Operation Tura Takai Bango’, targeted at ending the activities of terrorists in the North-East.
According to a military intelligence officer, troops recovered one General Purpose Machine Gun, several AK-47 rifles, belt of ammunition containing heavy rounds of 7.62mm, motorcycles and mobile phone, after neutralising Abul-Bas and Ibn Habib, together with their fighters.
He said they were eliminated by the troops of Sector 1 area of operation. “The team comprises of a compact ambush team from 121 Battalion and elements of 151 Battalion, known as the ‘Gaddafi Squad’,” he added.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 7 Division, Maj.-Gen. Abdul Khalifa, while addressing Army Commanders on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, charged them to intensify their aggressive clearance operation, so as to clear Sambisa forest and its environs of remnants of the terrorists and their collaborators.