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Boko Haram now using drones and mercenaries – COAS Buratai

Valentine Chinyem

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said Boko Haram insurgents have advanced in technology and now use drones and mercenaries.

This was made known by the Nigerian Army Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman, who quoted the COAS as saying this while speaking on the recent multiple attacks on military bases in Metele and other parts of Maiduguri.

He said the army must change its tactics if it intends to with the fight against an insurgency that has plagued the country for too long, while noting that the use of high-end technology such as dronesby the insurgents is a trend that poses a great danger to the military.

He said, “Since 2015, the Nigerian Army in conjunction with sister services and other security agencies have systematically degraded the capabilities and capacity of Boko Haram terrorists and many successes were achieved.”

“However, in the last two to three months, we have noticed daring moves by the terrorists, increased use of drones against our defensive positions and infusion of foreign fighters in their ranks. These potent threats require us to continually review our operations.

“In recent weeks, Nigerian troops deployed in the North East of Nigeria under Operation LAFIYA DOLE have come under series of attacks by large numbers of Boko Haram Terrorists.

“Specifically, the Nigerian Army troops deployed at Kukawa, Ngoshe, Kareto and Gajiram came under attack at different times within a two-week period between November 2 and 17, 2018. Each of these incidents was successfully repelled and several members of the terrorists killed.

“However, a total of 16 personnel were killed in the course of these attacks while 12 soldiers wounded in action and are receiving treatment at our military medical facilities.”

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