Troops killed dozens of terrorists in two weeks – DHQ

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The Defense Staff said on Thursday that as many as 139 suspected terrorists were killed during military operations in the north of the country, while 111 were arrested between February 10 and 24.

He mentioned the head of Rijal Amn’s special forces, Mohammed Yusuf; and a bandit leader, Dogo Umaru, among those killed during the period.

Director of Defense Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko unveiled the figures in Abuja during a press conference on the activities of the armed forces.

He also said troops rescued 42 kidnapped victims during the period.

Onyeuko said, “The air component of Operation Hadin Kai conducted an air interdiction at Bukar Mairam village in Marte local government area, in the process Mohammed Yusuf, the head of Rijal Amn’s special forces, been neutralized.

“Troops over the past two weeks have neutralized 63 fighters, arrested 86 members of the terrorist group, recovered four truckloads of weapons, 25 AK47 rifles, 56 magazines with special 6.2 mm ammunition, 78 cartridges of different calibers of ammunition, 67 packs of cartridges on links, three FN grenades and three bandoliers.

“In a related development, the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji conducted airstrikes on Boko Haram enclaves at Magama Village, Tsaunin Babare Village and Tsamben Babare Village in Jibia Local Government Area. from Katsina State where a notorious bandit leader, a Dogo Umaru, and dozens of his infantry were neutralized.

“Cumulatively, these operations have recovered 10 AK 47 rifles, 100 6.2 mm cartridges, 20 motorcycles, 40 herds of stolen cows and 50 rams.

“The troops also rescued 10 kidnapped civilians, arrested 10 bandits and neutralized 10 bandits. All arrested criminals and recovered objects have been handed over to the competent authorities.

Onyeuko also disclosed that 466 Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists and their families surrendered during the reporting period.

The terrorists who surrendered, he said, included 120 adult men, 137 adult women and 209 children.

He also said troops also recovered 1,118,175 liters of AGO and 2,086,000 liters of stolen crude oil.

Onyeuko added that the troops discovered and recovered 38 refining sites with 100 metal storage tanks, 25 dugout pits, 75 cooking ovens, 20 boats, 35 Yamaha pumps, 15 coolants as well as 10 tank trucks.

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