Troops of the Nigerian military have killed over 70 suspected terrorists in counterinsurgency operations in the North-East region.
The Director of Defense Media Operations, Musa Danmadami, disclosed this on Thursday while briefing journalists about the operations of the military in the last two weeks.
He said more than 140 terrorists were also arrested during the period, with several weapons, including improvised explosive devices, recovered.
According to the defense spokesman, over 500 members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) have surrendered to the military.
“Troops equally neutralized 40 terrorists and arrested 25 terrorists as well as eight terrorist logistics suppliers. Troops also rescued 131 abducted civilians, while a total of 510 Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and members of their families, comprising 54 adult males, 164 adult females, and 292 children, surrendered to troops at different locations within the theater of operations,” Danmadami stated.
“All recovered items and apprehended suspects have been handed over to the relevant authority for further action. Equally, the rescued terrorist escapees and members of their families were profiled and given medical attention, while the surrendered terrorists and members of their families are also being profiled for further action.”
Meanwhile, the military has also confirmed that two of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted in April 2014 have been rescued, in addition to over 150 other civilians rescued during various military operations in the northeast.