Defence Headquarters says troops killed 86 terrorists and other criminals and arrested 101 others in different operations nationwide in the last one week.
Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, disclosed this while giving an update on the operations of the military on Thursday in Abuja.
Buba said the troops had in the last one week focussed on striking terrorists’ enclaves from air attacks and also exerted significant superior power on areas where the terrorists were hibernating.
He disclosed that the operations resulted in 86 neutralised terrorists, while 101 of them were arrested.
He also said 21 kidnapped persons were rescued in the operations.
Buba said the troops also recovered 111 assorted weapons and 1,124 assorted ammunition comprising 65 AK47 rifles, one HK G3 gun, one G3 rifle, eight locally fabricated guns and 15 dane guns.
“Also recovered are, two fabricated rifles, one locally made pistol, one English pistol, one pump action gun, two auto pump action guns, and two single barrel guns,” he said.
Buba said the troops of Operation Hadin Kai in the North East neutralized 20 terrorists, apprehended four and rescued 40 kidnapped persons.
He pointed out that the air component conducted air interdiction on the terrorists’ logistics base in the Sambisa general area on Jan. 5 and killed several terrorists and destroyed their logistics, adding that similar air strikes were conducted on terrorists’ settlement on the outskirts of the Tumbuns in the Lake Chad region on Jan. 6, with rockets and cannons.
According to him, battle damage assessment revealed that several terrorists were neutralized and logistics destroyed in the air strike.
“Between Jan. 3 and Jan. 9, a total of 111 BH/ISWAP terrorists and their families comprising four adult males, 38 adult females and 69 children surrendered to troops within the theatre operations,” he said.
In the North West, Buba said the troops of Operations Hadarin Daji and Whirl Punch neutralized 69 terrorists, arrested 25 and rescued 63 hostages within the week.
He added that the air component conducted air interdiction on notorious terrorist Kingpin Ado Aliero’s enclave in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara.
According to him, the terrorists were led by a leader identified as Isuhu Dogo, an associate and sibling of the notorious Aliero.
“After a confirmatory ISR, the location was acquired and attacked with bombs and rockets. Feedback revealed that several terrorists were neutralized and their structures destroyed.
“Another air interdiction at terrorist kingpin Hamisu Mopol’s enclave in Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State, killed several terrorists and structures were destroyed,” he added.
In the North Central, the defence spokesman said the troops of Operation Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke arrested 21 violent extremists and rescued 27 kidnapped persons.