Nigerian troops kill 177 terrorists, rescue 158 from kidnappers



File: ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists and their relations who surrendered to troops

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Nigerian troops deployed for operations throughout the nation had within the final one week eradicated 177 terrorists, apprehended 263 others and rescued 158 kidnapped hostages, Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, mentioned in a press release on Friday in Abuja.

The troops additionally recovered 170 assorted weapons and 4,692 assorted ammunition, comprising six PKT weapons, 63 AK47 rifles, three FN rifles, one SMG rifle, 29 domestically fabricated weapons, 37 dane weapons and 20 pump motion weapons amongst others in the middle of the operation.

Buba added {that a} whole of two,100 rounds of seven.62mm particular ammo, 1,239 rounds of seven.62mm NATO, 419 rounds of seven.62 x 54mm, 212 rounds of 5.56 x 54mm ammo and 722 dwell cartridges had been recovered.

In keeping with him, additionally recovered are 13 empty circumstances of seven.62mm ammo, 74 AK47 magazines, two FN magazines, six baofeng radios, 17 autos, 43 bikes, 31 cell phones and the sum of N2.1 million amongst different gadgets.

Giving additional particulars of the operation, the Defence spokesperson mentioned within the North East, troops of Operation Hadin Kai, neutralised 64 terrorists, arrested 55 suspects and rescued 29 kidnappers hostages throughout the week.

He mentioned that a number of cache of arms and ammunition was recovered whereas a complete of 751 BH/ISWAP/JAS terrorists fighters and their households members surrendered to troops throughout the theatre.

Within the North Central, he mentioned the troops of Operations Protected Haven and Whirl Stroke neutralised 25 insurgents, arrested 64 violent extremists and rescued 42 kidnapped hostages.

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Within the North West, Buba mentioned the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji neutralised 52 terrorists, arrested 41 terrorists and rescued 49 kidnapped hostages in addition to restoration of a number of cache of arms.

He mentioned the troops of Operation Whirl Punch neutralised 19 terrorists, arrested 20 suspects and rescued 10 kidnapped hostages throughout the week.

Within the South-South, Buba mentioned the troops of Operation Delta Protected maintained momentum in opposition to the actions of crude oil thieves and apprehended 41 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued kidnapped hostages.

He mentioned the troops denied the oil thieves of estimated sum of N501.08 million by discovering and destroying 49 unlawful refining websites with 20 dugout pits, 32 boats and 32 storage tanks.

“Different gadgets recovered embody 58 cooking ovens, 17 autos, one pumping machine, 5 cell phones in addition to a million litres of stolen crude oil and 141,664 litres of illegally refined AGO,” he mentioned.

Within the South East, Buba mentioned the troops of Operation UDOKA neutralised 17 terrorists, arrested 42 violent extremists and rescued 10 kidnapped hostages.

In keeping with him, troops are taking the combat to the terrorist and making vital strides every passing day.

“A lot is being achieved, nevertheless, we’re focussed on doing rather more to handle the safety scenario and safeguard residents,” he mentioned. (NAN) (

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