Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru has said renewed attacks byBoko Haram in Borno State are not unusual.
Attahiru insisted that the attacks do not suggest increase in activities of insurgents.
“The empirical analysis of Boko Haram attacks in recent time does not, in any way, suggest increase in attacks.
“The terrorists were only out to hit soft targets, including the June 8, 2017 attack in Jiddari Polo, Maiduguri,” General Attahiru said, in response to a question by Daily Sun at a media briefing held at the Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC) Maimalari Cantonement in Maiduguri, yesterday.
He had earlier said at the briefing that 97 suicide bomb attacks were recorded in the state, including six explosions at the University of Maiduguri.
“A total of 97 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) incident were recorded during the period under review,” he said, the highest in two months since 2015.
He also said a wanted Boko Haram commander, Abu Fatima, was killed in a gun dwell with insurgents at Ajigin, a remote area in Damboa Local Government, south of Maiduguri.
Abu Fatima was number 230 on the list of Boko Haram fighters declared wanted by the military, since 2014.
He said 810 Boko Haram suspects have been arrested bewteen March and June and also disclosed that five soldiers were killed and nine wounded in a “fierced battle” with the insurgents at Sabon Gari, south of Maiduguri.
Meanwhile, former Chief Of Army Staff, General Martin-Luther Agwai, has warned that terrorists are after the political class and other high net-worth Nigerians.
He stressed that contrary to widespread belief that the insurgents are only targeting military personnel, they are also after the political class.
Agwai, a formerchief of army staff, stated this at the 2017 Nigerian Army Day Celebrations (NADCEL), which held in Abuja, where he also urged the army to train personnel as infantry soldiers if the war against Boko Haram must be won. The event was packaged to mark 154, years of the army.
Agwai also called for adequate funding, modern equipment and training for the armed forces.
He urged Nigerians to key into the war on insurgency. “If people believe that it is only the military that can bring an end to Boko Haram, they are making a mistake because those who are involved in the fourth generation warfare are after political and not military targets, military power and military achievement.
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