DHQ: The military kills more than 180 terrorists in a single week

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The Armed Forces of Nigeria have killed over 180 terrorists, arrested 204 others, and rescued 234 victims who were kidnapped, according to the Defence Headquarters. These operations have taken place throughout the past week.

The actions comprised air and land interdictions throughout the operation’s theaters, according to a statement released on Friday by Maj Gen Edward Buba, Director of Defence Media actions.

Along with 46 different weapons and 148 rounds of ammunition, Buba reported that the forces also found 30 AK-47 rifles, two pump-action Josef Magnum guns, one double barrel gun, and two single barrel pistols.

Some of the other items he listed were twelve handguns created in the area, thirteen Dane guns, one hand grenade, nine rifles made in the area, three RPG chargers, two hand grenades made in the area, and one hundred and sixty rounds of 7.62mm NATO.

Together with other goods, 364 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 54 live bullets, 11 rounds of empty cases of 7.62mm special ammunition, 32 magazines, 34 cars, 64 cell phones, 47 motorcycles, and N1.5 million were also found.

Buba reported that throughout the week, the forces of Operation Hadin Kai had neutralized 19 terrorists, apprehended 52, and freed 134 captives who had been kidnapped in the Northeast.

According to him, the soldiers found two camouflage magazine carrier jackets, three cars, eight cell phones, six AK-47 rifles, 58 rounds of special 7.62mm ammunition, and seven live cartridges.

He said that forces carried out combat patrols in Kukawa, Bama, and Gwoza local government areas in Borno and apprehended suspected ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok Local Government Area.

In the Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe, he claimed, the military also carried out combat patrols and apprehended kidnappers and illegal miners.

Along with neutralizing alleged ISWAP/JAS terrorists in Madagali, Adamawa, and Maiduguri municipal council area in Borno, Buba said the forces also found and detonated IEDs in Monguno, Mafa, and Gwoza local government areas.

In all, he said, 91 terrorists—13 adults, 35 adults, and 43 children—turned themselves in to the authorities between November 22 and November 28.

He stated that throughout the night of November 24 and 25, the air element of Operation Hadin Kai carried out air interdiction over Borno’s Tagoshe and Chongolo Kura.

Over 130 terrorists were neutralized, according to the battle damage assessment, and those who were injured had little chance of surviving.

Buba claimed that in the North Central, forces from Operations Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke demolished terrorist sanctuaries in Niger, Benue, Taraba, and Plateau states, as well as neutralized a number of terrorists through air and ground offensives.

He added that on November 26, an air interdiction was carried out at terrorist leader Ali Kawaje’s enclave in Dagam, Shiroro Local Government Area, Niger, which resulted in the deaths of multiple terrorists and the destruction of several buildings.

He claimed that while the forces of Operation Whirl Stroke detained ten, neutralized five terrorists, and freed one hostage, the forces of Operation Safe Haven neutralized two terrorists, arrested 37, and freed three kidnapped hostages.

According to a defense official, numerous terrorists were slain in the North West throughout the course of a week by the forces of Operations Hadarin Daji and Whirl Punch during air and ground offensives in the states of Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara.

In Tsafe Local Government Area, Zamfara, he said that on Nov. 25, the air component carried out air interdiction of a bandits’ enclave, neutralizing multiple terrorists.

“Overall, during ground operations, Operation Hadarin Daji soldiers neutralized 14 terrorists, detained 20, and freed 88 captives.

Additionally, members of Operation Whirl Punch detained offenders in the Abaji Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja and a gunrunner in Kaduna.

In the same way, troops carried out offensive operations in the Abaji and Kuje Area Councils and raided criminal hideouts in the Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

He declared, “In total, Operation Whirl Punch troops neutralized four terrorists, detained four suspected terrorists, and freed two hostages.”

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