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Bomb specialist says Boko Haram video on crashed NAF jet is from 2012 Syrian incident



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To authenticate their claim, the terrorists showed one of them standing on what they said is the wreckage of the jet.

A body was also seen in the wreckage of the aircraft.

The video also showed the Nigerian flag and number NAF 475 on its fuselage.

However, Kaaman, who is ‘an independent open-source researcher, with a heavy focus on the use of Suicide Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices by armed non-state actors’ said Boko Haram’s claim is not true.

Kaaman in a series of tweets on Saturday said the video the terrorists released was from a 2012 incident involving a Syrian Air Force helicopter.

He tweeted, “Boko Haram just released a video claiming it shows a NAF jet shot down by the group. Looking at the video, it appears as if the jet explodes mid-air.

However, this is not true. BH (Boko Haram) took a 2012 video showing a SyAAF (Syrian Air Force) helicopter exploding mid-air over Idlib and superimposed it. Weak

“Just to be clear, the jet really crashed. It’s unclear whether this was due to hostile fire or technical issues. The wreckage can be seen in the same Boko Haram video. This video merely highlights Boko Haram’s fake footage of the shootdown itself.”

The Nigerian Air Force had also dismissed Boko Haram’s claim on the missing jet.

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The force said the video is fake because it is fraught with inconsistencies.

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Terror bandits slaughter 11 villagers to revenge informant’s death




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On the 8 of May 2021, terror bandits on a reprisal attack reportedly killed 11 villagers and injured others when they attacked Tsatskiya community in Safana local government area of Katsina State.

According to Dailypost, the attack by the terror bandits was to avenge the death of one of their informant from Hakon Kartakawa village who was killed by an angry mob last week.

Scores of villagers from Tsatskiya and other neighbouring villages in Safana LGA were reported to have escaped to Dutsima town to seek refuge following the attack.

The suspected bandits reportedly stormed the community around 12noon on Saturday, shooting sporadically into the air and eventually killing 11 persons.

Another source told DAILY POST that it has become a risky venture to expose informants of the notorious bandits for fear of reprisal attack.

“Anytime an informant is either exposed, arrested or killed the bandits always try to rescue them or avenge them by killing more people.”

However, while confirming the attack, the spokesman Katsina Police, Gambo Isa, reportedly said only three people were killed in the reprisal attack

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Top bandits’ commanders, 48 members killed; main leader escaped: Army




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The Nigerian Army says the troops of 8 Division operating in Zamfara and adjoining states have killed many bandits’ commanders and more than 48 members of their gangs in the North-West.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Mr Yerima said the troops had earlier launched ‘Operation Tsare Mutane’ following the directives of the Chief of Army Staf, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.

He added that the army chief had directed the troops to stabilise the security situation in the zone to facilitate the return of socio-economic activities.

According to him, the General Officer Commanding the division, Maj.

-Gen. Usman Yusuf, launched the first phase of the operation that lasted from March 23 to April 2 in the Maradun local government area of Zamfara.

“The troops successfully cleared many bandits’ camps in Jaya, Kadaya, and Bayan Ruwa amongst several others.

“The troops successfully neutralised 48 bandits while the bandits’ leader in the area known as Jummo sustained a gunshot wound to his leg.

“The troops rescued 18 kidnap victims from the bandits’ enclave and recovered eight AK-47 rifles, one G3 rifle, one PKT, and a machine gun from the bandits,” he said.

Mr Yerima also disclosed that the troops sacked several other bandits’ camps around Gabiya, Bozaya, and Mereri and the adjoining forests in Maru local government area during the second phase of the operation.

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According to him, the second phase took place from April 19 to May 3, adding that the areas heavily occupied by bandits were successfully cleared by the troops.

He explained that top bandits’ leaders, including Yellow Mai-Bille, Sani Meli, Dan-Katsina, and Sama’ila Bakajin Bari, were killed while the main leader, Nasanda, narrowly escaped with “fatal injuries.”

The army revealed that one Isan Heshi, a close ally of a notorious bandit called Nagala, was also killed during the operation.

According to him, items recovered in the attack include 4,600 rounds of ammunition, two AK-103 rifles, eight AK-47 magazines, 1,628 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, 54 rounds of PKM, one motorcycle, and five Techno mobile phones.

“The COAS has congratulated the GOC and troops of 8 Division for the gains made so far and urged them to sustain their offensive operations until Zamfara, and neighbouring states are stabilised.

“He further assured the GOC of his continuous support in achieving the overall objective of keeping the North West and the entire country free of terrorism, banditry, and other violent crimes,” the army statement noted.


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Breaking: Bandits abduct 40 Muslim worshippers observing Tahajjud in Katsina




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No fewer than 40 Muslim worshippers were abducted by armed bandits while observing Tahajjud, a kind of midnight prayer observed during the Holy Month of Ramadan, at a mosque in Jibiya town of Katsina State, OBSERVERS TIMES report.

Residents of the town confirmed that dozens of gunmen struck at the mosque around 2am on Monday and took away the worshippers.


The sources said the kidnappers initially picked 47 congregants, including women and children, but seven later returned.

So far we established 40 people missing after the attack,” said a resident who preferred not to be named.

Another resident who volunteered statement to DailyNigerian , Lawal Jibiya, said neighboring villagers alerted them about the impending attack, after sighting the movements of the bandits heading towards the town.

He said hundreds of youth and local vigilante group in the town were on alert and ready to confront the bandits, but the assailants changed their route and entered the town from the western entry point.

“We were expecting them from the eastern entry point through Daddara, Kukar Babangida or Magama but this time they proceeded beyond the town and camped at Jibawa.

From Jibawa they then went round to the western entry point near Yunusa Dantauri Hospital and attacked a mosque on the outskirt of the town,” the witness said.

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According to him, the bandits did not fire a single shot until they finished the operation.

Jibiya, a Nigeria-Niger border town, is one of the major targets of kidnapping and banditry activities.

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