Twelve Soldiers U.S. Army Soldiers share tactics and training with a little over 200 Nigerian Army Soldiers from 26th Infantry Battalion in a remote military compound four hours north of the capital in Jaji. The seven- week training includes reacting to an IED, react to an ambush, securing an objective, operations planning, etc. The training's significance cannot be underestimated. These Nigerian Soldiers may eventually use these tactics when forward-deployed to fight against the violent terrorist organization, Boko Haram.Nigerian Advanced infantry training has significant implications outside of on-the-ground tactical maneuvers. This bilateral military-to-military training carries diplomatic weight showcasing the U.S.'s commitment to its African partners and Nigeria's commitment to countering violent extremist organizations.

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja

Troops of Operation Thunder Strike have killed two suspected bandits and injured others at the Rijana area of Kaduna State.

The bandits were moving towards the Abuja-Kaduna Highway on Sunday when the troops attacked them in an ambush.

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A statement on Monday by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, stated, “Troops deployed at Rijana acting on credible intelligence on the movement of some suspected bandits towards Abuja-Kaduna expressway, swiftly mobilized to the scene and laid ambush along the suspected bandits’ route.

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“Contact was made and the gallant troops overwhelmed the bandits with superior firepower, thereby killing two while others escaped with gunshots wounds.”


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