Defense Headquarters (DHQ) said on Thursday that troops from Operation HADIN KAI in the northeast and Operation HADARIN DAJI in the northwest had killed 85 Boko-Haram / ISWAP terrorists and 293 bandits in various military offensives over the past month.
The military also said more than 90 terrorists and bandits, including their collaborators and logistics providers, were arrested during the various operations.
Director of Defense Media Operations (DMO) Brig. Gen. Benard Onyeuko, who said this during a briefing to reporters on various military operations across the country between September 2 and September 30, 2021, said a total 121 assorted weapons, including SMG, HK21, AK-47 rifles and locally made rifles with magazines, 3,372 7.62mm NATO cartridges / special ammunition, locally made pistols and smoothbodies grenades, RPG-7 bombs as well as 12,250 bags of fertilizer and 178 stolen animals among several other items were recovered from the terrorists.
According to him, a total of 2,783 terrorists and their families surrendered to the troops during the reporting period.
He said: âThe troops had several encounters with terrorists at different locations. During the operations, significant results were recorded in different places in the North-East. These locations include; The Mazga – Kamuya, Damboa Wass – Bitta – Balo – Gwoza and Damboa – Bulabulin – Maiduguri roads as well as in the towns of Bazza, Jigaiambu and Michika, in Borno State. Other locations are; the villages of Mairari, Rumirgo and Fuye; Gashua market, Takaskala axis, main supply roads Damaturu – Maiduguri, Mafa town as well as along the Gulumba Gana – Dikwa road, all in Borno State. In addition, dozens of ISWAP / BHT terrorists and their collaborators were neutralized during coordinated airstrikes carried out by the air component of Operation HADIN KAI on September 26, 2021. A total of 85 BHT / ISWAP terrorists were neutralized and 43 terrorists, including their collaborators. and logistics providers were stopped during the various operations.
Explaining how the successes recorded in the North West were achieved, Onyeuko said: âIn Operation HADARIN DAJI, troops during the period intensified their offensive operations on the bandit enclaves in the North West area. .
âDuring the reporting period, a total of 240 armed bandits were neutralized, 125 assorted weapons, including AK-47 and FN rifles and Danish cannons, as well as 1,166 special 7.62mm cartridges / NATO ammunition, 1,304 cattle and 54 motorcycles, among others. were recovered during the period. In addition, 47 armed bandits, informants and bandit collaborators were arrested during the period.
âIn the same vein, the air component carried out aerial bombardments on criminal enclaves in different locations, including the forests of Magami and Dansadau in Zamfara state.
âAir operations have been successful in the LGAs of Danmusa, Safana and Dutsinma as well as in the villages of Gonar, Sani, Jikan and Malam in the Yantumaki forest, the Lelet village forest and the Yantumaki – Maidabino road in the ‘Katsina State. The operations resulted in the neutralization of no less than 53 armed bandits, while several others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds and the destruction of several of their structures used as hiding places and logistics facilities, âhe said. declared.