I25 Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists Neutralised, As 174 Others Surrender

I25 Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists Neutralised, As 174 Others Surrender

By Mariam Sanni,  Abuja

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters DHQ has revealed that no fewew than 125 terrorists and other criminal elements were neutralized in the last two weeks as troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies continued their operational engagements against security challenges across the country.

Also, a total of 174 Boko Haram Terrorist/Islam State West Africa Province (ISWAP) Terrorists and their families, comprising of 43 adult males, 58 females and 73 children from Villages around Bama and Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State, surrendered to the Nigerian troops.  

Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Major-General Benard Onyeuko, made this known in Abuja on Thursday while briefing the media on the operational activities of the Armed Forces from 24 February – 10 March 2022.

Giving account of the various operations, Onyeuko said the Troops of OPERATION HADIN KAI within the last 2 weeks sustained aggressive posture by conducting clearance operations in the fight against Boko Haram Terrorist/ISWAP Terrorists and other criminal element in the theatre of operations, adding that those operational efforts “yielded significant results in some locations in the North East.”

For instance, during the encounter “10 terrorists were neutralized,” while the Troops also recovered 4 AA-guns, 2,000 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition, 10 bicycles, 1 unexploded Improvised Explosive Device, 1 MOWAG APC, 1 truck mounted with 122 artillery gun, 1 machine gun, 4 AK 47 rifles, 1 60mm motar tube with 5 bombs.

Similarly, troops had an encounter with ISWAP terrorists along Debiro-Shaffa Village in Hawul Local Government Area during which 2 terrorists were neutralized and 1 AK 47 rifle, 3 magazines, 143 rounds of 7.62mm special, 1 dane gun, 1 pump action rifle and 6 cartridges were recovered.

On its part, Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji on clearance patrol on 1 March in Bakin Dutse, Gadawa Daji Camp and Brunkoza Village in Kankara Local Government Area in Katsina State encountered terrorists, following artillery bombardment from ground troops and Close Air Support from the air component neutralized 6 terrorists and forced the rest to flee in disarray.

The troops also recovered 5 AK 47 rifles, 1 pimp action rifle, 1 pistol, 1 local made gun, 3 AK 47 magazines, 127 pieces of 5.56mm rounds, 6 pieces of 9mm rounds, 4 rounds of 7.62mm, 12 cartridges, 5 cell phones and assorted charms were recovered and handed over to the appropriate authorities for necessary actions.

In another development, troops on patrol and clearance operations encountered bandits in Kutunku, Baban Lamba Villages in Wishishi and Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger State during which 7 bandits were neutralized, 3 AK 47 rifles, 5 magazines, 71 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 37 motorcycles .

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