A new video showing a large number of Boko Haram terrorists celebrating sallah in a yet-to-be-identified section of the Sambisa Forest, Borno State, has emerged.
In the video obtained by online medium, Sahara Reporters, it was observed that the insurgents, who reportedly belonged to the Abubakar Shekau’s faction, spread out on a field, observing the Eid prayers.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, however, has reiterated the collapse of the Sambisa Forest area, noting that the troops had recorded success in the fight against insurgency in the North-East.
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The army chief gave this assurance on Friday in a briefing to mark the army’s 154th anniversary at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.
The nine-minute Boko Haram video shows a terrorist, bearing the sect’s flag and training on a horse inside the forest.
It also captures a child terrorist, about 12 years old, bearing an AK-47 rifle and pledging allegiance to the insurgents.
The boy terrorist said, “My message to all the infidels of this world, listen. You are saying you have finished us; it is a lie, we are here and you have not finished us. Now you will begin to see us and we have just started this war.”
The army chief, however, reiterated that the troops had subdued the Sambisa Forest area.
Buratai said, “We are looking at a theme, sustaining the successes of the Nigerian Army in tackling contemporary and emerging security challenges. We deliberately choose to reflect on the successes recorded by the army in the fight against insurgency in the Northeast. The liberation of all parts of the country, hitherto claimed by the Boko Haram terrorists, and the eventual collapse of the once dreaded Sambisa forest are clear testimonies to this fact.”