Troops kill 3 Boko Haram herders attempting to sneak cows into Maiduguri Market

One of the 3 BH herders killed by troops
Troops kill 3 Boko Haram herders attempting to sneak cows into Maiduguri Market 

A suspected Boko Haram cattle rustling syndicate was yesterday busted by the troops of the Nigeria who engaged the armed gang in a shoot out that left three of them dead and a soldier injured.  

The group who are believed to be Boko Haram herders were intercepted in Lingir village of Borno state while attempting to flock some rustled cows into the Maiduguri cattle market. 

Spokesman of the Nigeria army, Brigadier General Sani Usman said the armed herders were neutralised by troops of 8 Division Mobile Strike Team deployed at Forward Operations Base Mairari, on Sunday 8th October 2017. He said the troops effectively ambushed the herders and engaged them in a shootout. 

"During the encounter, the ambush party neutralized 3 Boko Haram terrorists, while some of them have escaped with gunshot wounds", said General Usman.

Cache of Arms seized from the busted BH heders
"The troops recovered 5 AK-47 rifles, 5 Magazines, 11 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 1 metal box containing clothes and a horse. 

"Unfortunately, one of our soldiers sustained an injury during the operation. The injured soldier has been evacuated to 8 Task Force Division Hospital and Medical Services at Monguno where he is receiving further medical attention. 

"The Mobile Strike Team also followed up with pursuit up to Buruwa village around Gassawa general area where they neutralized an additional Boko Haram terrorist and recovered an AK-47 rifle from him". 

In 2015, the Borno state government if collaboration with the Nigeria military had banned the sales of beef and cows in the Maiduguri cattle market and abattoir following and intel that most of the revenues accrued from the sales sold there go to the pocket of Boko Haram fighters. The ban was later lifted due to pressure from butchers and cattle sellers who vowed to help government fish out culprits. 

Following the take of Sambisa forest, the largest fortress and training ground for the outlawed insurgent group, remnants of the anti-government fighters had resort to periodic suicide bombing and snatching of herds from poor pastoralists which usually sell to generate revenue to buy food and other things they needed to survive in the jungle. 


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