The Nigerian Army yesterday said an unidentified bomb maker for the Boko Haram sect had been killed as he attempted to escape from the military’s air and land assault on the sect’s remaining camps inside Sambisa Forest.
Also, another Improvised Explosive Device, IED, specialist in the camp of the terrorists’ who was manufacturing an explosive device that would have been used in a suicide bombing attack, was blinded when the bomb inexplicably went off.
A statement by Col Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Army headquarters, while confirming the development, said, “In what will be described as a major breakthrough in the clearance and rescue operation by the Nigerian military and to also confirm that all is not well within the Boko Haram terrorists camp, their chief bomb maker and a high ranking terrorist, was shot dead today (yesterday).
“The chief bomb maker, apart from his high status in the command structure of the sect, was one of their capable hands involved in making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). His death is coming after their Chief Scientist, called Abu RPG (was killed long ago) in a military assault.
”He was killed by one of the bodyguards of the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, as he was about to run away just like several others are doing because of the intensity of ‘Operation Crackdown”
According to the statement: “In a related development, one Julelebeeb who was appointed to take over is now completely blind because his two eyes were shattered by shrapnel, in the process of preparing an IED to consolidate his appointment. There is no doubt; this development has dealt a devastating blow on the terrorist’s capacity on IED preparation, suicide bombing and their ability to sustain their criminal acts. We would like to reassure the public that our troops are continuing with the clearance and rescue operations successfully in order to completely clear Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding.”