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According to Ahmad Salkida of HumanAngle Newspaper, a Nigerian Boko Haram Specialist, Nigerian-led Multinational Joint Task Force has taken over major Boko Haram bases in Sambisa Forest.

According to HumAngle newspaper, although the Nigerian military declared that the army killed 343 insurgents in recent combat operations, investigations have established that there were probably heavier casualties suffered by the insurgents between March 18 and May 5.

“A number of air interdictions were conducted, which led to the destruction of several BHT logistics facilities and compounds housing some of their leaders, including Abu Usamah, and a number of their fighters who were eliminated,” Coordinator of Defence Military Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said. 

The newspaper further said sources knowledgeable about the conflict in the North-East have revealed the exact locations of the MNJTF and the Nigerian military overran most of the operational camps in Kwalaram, Ngilewa, Sabon Tumbu, Bukarmairam, Wulgo all in the Marte and Gamboru Ngala axis of Borno State and that ISWAP fighters fleeing the recent Chadian military offensive in April were only about settling down in choice locations in Marte-Dikwa territories when the Nigeria Air Force identified, targeted and bombarded scores of the fighters.

Independent sources, according to HumAngle, put the casualty figure that resulted from the air raids above 500, an indication that the figure given by the military was probably understated.

Analysts, who follow the insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin, tend to place the recent audio message released by Abubakar Shekau, which was exclusively reported by HumAngle, in context and conclude that the message mirrors the bloody nose the insurgents were receiving currently in the war front.

In the audio message, Shekau alluded to the period of “trial” that his fighters were going through and urged them “not to relent in prayer.”

HumAngle sources have highlighted the loss of “no fewer than 60 war commanders” between March and May in both the Chadian and Nigerian military operations, an indication that our earlier reported elimination of 18 commanders across Boko Haram factions was lower than the actual numbers.

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