Troops eliminate over 50 terrorists in 3 weeks -DHQ
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has disclosed that troops of the Armed Forces eliminated more than 50 terrorists in various operations in North East and North West theatres of operation in three weeks.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on the operations of the military across the country on Thursday in Abuja.
Danmadami said the troop of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) had between Dec. 30 and Jan. 12, eliminated no fewer than 25 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the North East.
He said that the troops also apprehended 18 terrorists and 21 logistics suppliers, two foreign informants and five kidnappers across the theatre during the period.
Danmadami said the troops also rescued 47 abducted civilians while a total of 377 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and members of their families, comprising 52 adult males, 126 adult females and 199 children surrendered to troops.
He said all recovered items, apprehended criminals, and rescued civilians were handed over to the appropriate authority for further action.
Danmadami said the series of air interdiction operations at terrorists’ hideouts, enclaves and camps also eliminated scores of the terrorists and destroyed their enclaves in Borno and Lake Chad area.
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He said that the battle damage assessment revealed that several terrorists were neutralised with their structures destroyed in the strikes.
In North West, Danmadami said the land and air component of Operation Hadin Daji had sustained offensive operations on terrorists enclaves, camps and hideouts within the zone.
He said the troops had within the period neutralised 25 terrorists, apprehended 19 and rescued 68 civilians while scores of other terrorists were killed in air interdiction operations.
Danmadami said the troops had between Jan. 7 and Jan. 8 conducted a dawn attack at terrorist crossing points in Sunke and Gado forest in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara, killing 10 terrorists, and recovering a cache of arms and other items.
The defence spokesman said the troops also apprehended a terrorist collaborator at Madachi in Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State at a checkpoint with a sum of N1.5 million.
According to him, the suspect revealed that he was sent by one Nasiru, a notorious terrorist on the wanted list of security agents.