26th January, 2023
By Sumaila Ogbaje
Defence Headquarters says the military has in the last two weeks eliminated more than 84 terrorists and rescued 122 abductees in North East and North Western parts of Nigeria.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, made this known at a bi-weekly news briefing on ongoing military operations in the country, on Thursday in Abuja.
In North East zone, Danmadami said the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised a total of 42 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists and apprehended 14 during the period.
He said that troops also rescued six abducted civilians while a total of 267 terrorists and family members, comprising 22 adult males, 128 adult females and 117 children surrendered to troops at different locations within the theatre.
Danmadami added that the troops had within the period, recovered 12 AK47 rifles, two locally fabricated guns, one FN rifle, one G3 rifle, three QJC guns and two 60mm mortar bombs.
According to him, troops also recovered 36 rounds of belted 7.62mm NATO, seven 60mm mortar chargers, four RPGs, seven bombs, one phantom MRAP, and two PKGM.
Other recovered items he said included one gun truck, 332 rounds of 12.7mm AP ammunition, 56 rounds of 7.62 rimmed ammunition and 21 rounds of 7.62mm special refilled ammunition.
“19 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 34 rounds of 7.62mm special, 14 AK47 magazines, two vehicles, nine bicycles, four motorcycles, one mobile phone, N15,000 and other sundry items were also recovered.
“All recovered items, apprehended criminals, and rescued civilians were handed over to the appropriate authority for further action.
“Captured terrorists and surrendered terrorists and members of their families are being profiled for further action,” he said.
Danmadami further said that the air component of Operation Hadin Kai conducted a series of air interdiction operations at terrorists’ hideouts, enclaves and camps in Dogon Chuku in the fringes of Northern Tumbums.
He added that the air interdiction mission was also conducted at Arina Kasa in Southern Tumbums of the Lake Chad Basin, Chidike in the Mandara Mountains and Gezuwa area, all in Borno.
According to him, the battle damage assessment revealed that several terrorists were neutralised while their structures and logistics were destroyed in the air strikes.
In the North West, Danmadami said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji neutralised 42 terrorists, apprehended four and rescued 26 abducted civilians in several land and air operations within the period.
He said that troops also recovered 18 AK47 rifles, one sub-machine gun, 126 rounds of 7.62mm special, six magazines, 13 motorcycles, two boafeng radios, 10 mobiles, and two laptops.
He added that the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji, on Jan. 15, conducted a well-planned and coordinated air interdiction operation at identified terrorist hideouts at Rara Forest, Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State.