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Over 60 Boko Haram Fighters, Families Surrender To MNJTF In Cameroon, Niger

Over 60 members of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) have surrendered to the troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) under Operation Lake Sanity II.

The MNJTF in a statement issued by its Military Public Information Officer, Lt Col Abdullahi Abubakar in Maiduguri on Tuesday said, “In Sector 1 Cameroon, on 6 July 2024, a combined maritime operation by Cameroonian and Nigerian forces led to the surrender of 56 Boko Haram terrorists.”

“This group included 13 adult men accompanied by 43 women and children. Additionally, on the same date, 12 family members of terrorists, including 5 women and 7 children, were rescued.

Both the surrendered individuals and the rescued family members were handed over to the troops of Sector 1, Operation Hadin Kai, in Gamboru and Banki for further action”, the statement said.

Lt Abubakar further said, “Also on 1 July 2024, troops of Sector 4, Niger Republic, received 24-year-old Tijjani Muhammad, who surrendered with one AK-47 rifle, 4 magazines, and numerous 7.62mm rounds.

He reported that he had escaped from a Boko Haram camp in Libye Soroa, driven by the current Operation Lake Sanity 2.”

” The increasing number of surrenders significantly weakens the operational capability of Boko Haram and undermines the morale of their remaining fighters.

“Other terrorists are strongly urged to take advantage of the opportunity to lay down their arms and surrender to the authorities for lasting peace in the Lake Chad basin region”, added.

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