6 security operatives abducted by ISWAP terrorists escape in Borno


Photo: ISWAP terrorists.

Six security personnel, comprising CJTF members, hunters and a policeman who were abducted on Monday in Benishek, Borno State,  by ISWAP terrorists have escaped from captivity.

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The Commisioner of Police (CP) in the state, Abdu Umar disclosed this during a press conference with Divisional Police Officers on Wednesday in Maiduguri.

“The terrorists abducted the six security operatives and also carted away one Toyota Hilux patrol vehicle and we also lost one Ak 47 rifle.

“But with support from the Air Task Force, the securitymen were able to escape after the insurgents scampered into the bush on sighting the Super Tucanos,” he added.

The CP, however, said that the Islamic State of the West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists killed three people, burnt four vehicles and the office of the Rapid Response Squad during the attack.

Periscope International reports that Benisheikh is located about 72 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital.

Umar said that the terrorists sneaked into the town at about 3am on Monday and targeted the government backed Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

He said that among those killed were a CJTF member and two civilian commuters who decided to spend the night in Benisheik before proceeding to Maiduguri.

The CP said that the terrorists who were badly degraded, now target soft targets in the state.

“We want to assure you that we are going to intensify our raids on criminal hideouts in order to have more secure and safe environment for everybody,” he said.

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