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Troops killed 105 terrorists, arrested 140 others in one week: DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says the troops of the armed forces of Nigeria operating in different theatres of operation eliminated 105 terrorists and apprehended 140 others in the last week.

The director of defence media operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba said this at a bi-weekly news briefing on the armed forces operations on Thursday in Abuja.

Mr Buba said the troops also arrested 26 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 86 kidnapped hostages in the South-South region.

He added that the troops recovered 208 assorted weapons and 5,332 assorted ammunition comprising 95 AK47 rifles, one assault rifle, 39 locally fabricated guns, 34 Dane guns, and 14 pump action guns, among others.

In the North-East, the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised seven terrorists and arrested four and recovered 20 AK47 rifles, two fabricated guns and 12 Dane guns, Mr Buba said.

He added that 353 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 209 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 34 live cartridges, 62 mobile phones and the sum of N100,000, among others, were also recovered.

According to him, 224 ISWAP/JAS terrorists and their families, comprising 23 adult males, 126 adult females and 87 children, surrendered to troops in the Bama and Konduga areas of Borno within the week.

In the North-Central, Mr Buba said the troops of Operations Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke neutralised 35 insurgents, arrested 65 violent extremists and 15 rescued kidnapped hostages.

He added that troops also recovered various caches of arms and ammunition within different operation theatres.

In the North-Central, the defence spokesman said the troops of Operations Hadarin Daji and Whirl Punch neutralised 57 insurgents, arrested five and rescued 66 kidnapped hostages during the week.

In the South-South, Mr Buba said the troops of Operation Delta Safe destroyed 18 illegal refining sites and recovered 657,300 litres of stolen crude oil, 23,750 litres of illegally refined AGO and 1,050 litres of DPK.

He added that the troops discovered and destroyed nine dugout pits, 19 boats and 21 storage tanks, 35 cooking ovens, nine vehicles, nine mobile phones, and three pump machines.

According to him, troops rescued three kidnapped hostages and apprehended 50 people suspected of oil theft and other violent extremists/insurgents, as well as recovered 20 weapons and 243 ammunition, amongst other items.

In the South-East, Mr Buba said the troops of Operation UDO KA neutralised six insurgents, arrested five and recovered various types of arms and ammunition.

“All recovered items, arrested suspects, and rescued hostages were handed over to the relevant authorities for further action,” he added. 

(NAN) 

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