National SecurityNewsNigeriaNigerian Army kills Boko Haram’s second-in-command Ari Gana

Troops of the Nigerian Army’s 144 battalion have killed Ari Gana, a top Boko Haram commander in Borno, a northeastern state in Nigeria.

Gana, the second-in-command to the Boko Haram leader Ari Ngulde, was killed alongside five of his bodyguards.

The terrorist commander and his men met their Waterloo on Monday (Sept. 25) after running into an ambush by the gallant troops in Takaskala, a community in the Gwoza local government area of Borno, according to Zagazola Makama, a counter–insurgency expert and security analyst in the Lake Chad.

“On September 25, our troops laid an ambush in the crossing point of the terrorists around the Mandara Mountains,” a source, a top commander in the Nigerian Army, told Zagazola Makama.

“After one hour, a large number of terrorists came to cross with motorcycles. On noticing that the team were two in number, the troops waited for the second badge suspecting that it was Ari Gana and his team. The troops opened fire at them killing five terrorists including Ari Gana. ”

Before his death, Gana led dozens of attacks around the Bama, Banki and Gwoza areas of Borno.

Earlier this month, he led an improvised explosive device (IED) attack between Banki and Darajamal, killing several persons and burning many vehicles.

He recently attacked a military escort patrol at Nvaha village along Gwoza to Limankara, killing four passengers and military personnel.

The Nigerian Army said his elimination was in continuation of the military’s renewed offensive operations against the terrorists in Borno State.

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)
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