The Defense Headquarters says troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have, in the last two weeks, eliminated a total of 151 terrorists and apprehended 456 others in different operations across the country.
The Director, Defense Media Operations, Edward Buba, stated this while giving an update on military operations across the country on Thursday in Abuja.
Buba said the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralized 44 terrorists, arrested 21, and rescued four kidnapped hostages during the period.
He said the troops recovered 17 AK47 rifles, three locally fabricated rifles, three locally made guns, one Beretta pistol, three Dane guns, and 116 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo.
Also recovered, according to him, are five rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 13 rounds of 9mm ammo, 20 rounds of 7.62 mm x 54 ammo, 42 empty cases of 7.62 mm x 54 ammo, and
Others are 12 magazines, 50 jerry cans of PMS, three vehicles, five mobile phones, six motorcycles, three cutlasses, and the sum of N3.18 million.
Buba said the troops arrested some suspected terrorists’ collaborators in Jere and Biu in Borno, as well as Gujba Local Government Area in Yobe.
He said that troops also ambushed and raided suspected terrorists’ hideouts in Konduga and Gwoza Local Government Areas of Borno.
The director said that the offensive resulted in the elimination of terrorists and the recovery of arms and ammunition.
In North Central, Buba said the troops of Operation Safe Haven neutralized 16 terrorists, arrested 16, and rescued one kidnapped hostage within the period.
He said they also recovered 12 AK47 rifles, two pistols, five locally fabricated rifles, six Dane guns, 32 rounds of 7.62mm special, 15 magazines, and three motorcycles.
Under Operation Whirl Stroke, he said the troops neutralized 15 terrorists, arrested six, and rescued one kidnapped hostage, as well as recovered arms and ammunition.
In the North West, the defense spokesman said the troops of Operations Hadarin Daji and Whirl Punch neutralized 35 terrorists, arrested eight, and rescued 17 kidnapped hostages within the period.
He added that the air components of the various operations had continued to annihilate the terrorists from their various hideouts with a series of air interactions. (NAN)