More than 1,000 terrorists, families surrender, 27 killed in N/East

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), said fewer than 1,000 terrorists and their families have surrendered to the fire power of the troops of Operation Hadin Kai, in the North East theatre of operations.

DHQ also disclosed that a total of 27 Boko /Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP), terrorists were killed while fewer than 51 were arrested in the last two weeks.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this while giving updates on the operations of the military across the country on Thursday, in Abuja.

Onyeuko added that three terrorists’ collaborators were also apprehended, as well as the rescue of 29 abducted civilians during the period.

According to him, the intensity of operations by the troops has yielded tremendous results as evidenced in the number of casualties and massive surrender of terrorists across the theatre.

“Cumulatively, the operations led to the neutralisation of 27 BHT/ISWAP fighters, arrest of 51 BHT/ISWAP terrorists, three terrorists’ collaborators, as well as of 35 assorted arms.

“1,051 round of ammunition, including AK-47 and FN rifles, Dushka anti-aircraft guns, GPMG, PKT guns, 60mm mortar tubes, Makarov pistol and other machine guns, amongst other were also recovered.

“In addition, 29 abducted civilians were rescued within the period under review. Gentlemen fewer than 1,000 terrorists and their families, comprising adult females and children surrendered to own troops at different locations in the North East.

“Notable among them are the notorious BHT bomb expert named, Musa Adamu aka Mala Musa Abuja and his deputy, Usman Adamu aka Abu Darda.

“This has in small measure depleted the Boko fighting force,” he said.

In the North West, Onyeuko said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji, had on July 31 repelled bandits, rescued some kidnapped victims, as well as recovered arms, ammunition and some livestock, while some criminal elements were also arrested.

He said that a total of 89 livestock, five AK-47 rifles, three rounds of 9mm ball, and 48 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, were recovered, and four kidnap victims rescued.

He added that two notorious cattle rustlers named, Mallam Umar from Niger Republic and Mai Hatsi Ibrahim from Gada in Sokoto State, as well as four bandits and drug peddlers were apprehended.

According to him, the Air Component destroyed bandits’ structures, including the residence of one of their leaders, Halilu Tubali, in which the bandits converged a meeting.

He added that the air strikes, in conjunction with ground troops’ assaults, resulted in the neutralisation of fewer than 123 armed bandits and destruction of their logistics facilities in the process.

In the North Central, Onyeuko said the troops of Operation Safe Haven, had continued to record tremendous successes in both kinetic and non-kinetic operations across the theatre in Plateau.

He said the troops of Operation Whirl Stroke also destroyed bandits’ hideouts and arrested eight criminals, including their informants; and further rescued some kidnap victims in parts of Benue and Taraba. (NAN)