Nigeria’s Troops Take Down 254 Terrorists and Detain 368 Others Within a Week

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has reported that Nigerian troops have successfully neutralized a total of 254 terrorists and apprehended 368 individuals involved in various acts of insurgency across the nation in the past week.

In a statement issued by Major General Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, the armed forces’ ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations have effectively hindered the strategic objectives of terrorist elements.

The armed forces remain committed to degrading the capabilities of these criminals, preventing them from carrying out small-scale attacks that aim to instill fear within local communities across the country’s operational areas.

Major General Buba provided a breakdown of the operations conducted during the week. Troops neutralized 254 individuals, including 104 perpetrators of oil theft, and successfully rescued 73 kidnapped hostages. Additionally, they recovered 378 assorted weapons and 4,705 rounds of ammunition, which comprised 131 AK47 rifles, two FN rifles, two G3 rifles, three SMGs, 69 locally fabricated guns, and 57 pump-action guns.

In the North East region, the troops of Operation Hadin Kai eliminated 63 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, arrested 13 individuals, and seized 47 AK47 rifles, alongside a significant cache of arms and ammunition.

Furthermore, 81 terrorists and their family members, consisting of 28 adult males, 78 adult females, and 147 children, surrendered to troops in Bama and Damboa Local Government Areas of Borno State.

In the North Central region, the troops of Operations Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke successfully neutralized 35 insurgents, arrested 72 others, and rescued five kidnapped hostages across Benue, Plateau, and Taraba States.

In the North West, the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji neutralized 128 insurgents, apprehended 27 individuals, and rescued 65 kidnapped hostages in various encounters across Katsina, Zamfara, and Sokoto States. The troops also recovered 124 AK47 rifles, 30 locally fabricated guns, six pump-action guns, and a significant amount of ammunition.

During the week, the troops of Operation Whirl Punch arrested 42 suspected illegal miners and insurgents at a mining site in the Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. They also neutralized 14 insurgents, apprehended 54 others in parts of Kaduna State and the FCT.

In the Niger Delta region, the troops of Operation Delta Safe discovered and destroyed 67 illegal refining sites, along with 131 dugout pits, 70 boats, 125 storage tanks, and 12 vehicles. They also recovered various items, including cooking ovens, pump machines, speed boats, stolen crude oil, and illegally refined petroleum products.

In the South East, the troops of Operation UDO KA neutralized 28 insurgents, arrested two violent extremists, rescued one kidnapped hostage, and recovered arms and ammunition.

Lastly, in the South West, the troops of Operation AWATSE conducted a successful cordon and search operation, resulting in the apprehension of nine suspected terrorists and the rescue of four kidnapped hostages in the Badagry and Ikorodu areas of Lagos State.

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