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Soldiers Kill 54 Terrorists, Rescue 468 Victims, as 501 Terrorists and Families Surrender

The Defense Headquarters has revealed that during operations in the North-East, North-Central, and North-West regions over the past two weeks, Armed Forces personnel have killed 54 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa terrorists, detained 122 terrorists and collaborators, and freed 468 kidnapped victims.

At the twice-weekly news conference on military operations, Major General Musa Danmadami, Director of Defence Media Operations, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja.

He mentioned that 30 of the injured victims who had been saved had been taken to the hospital, while the other victims had been reunited with their relatives.

Danmadami claimed that in the Northeast, forces carried out operational operations at camps and enclaves of the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorist groups that had been located in the region’s highlands, villages, and woods.

According to him, the military detained four terrorist informants, 40 logistics providers, including one woman, and 24 terrorists in addition to saving 206 civilians.

He claims that 501 Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists in total, along with their families, including 60 adult males, 176 adult females, and 266 children, have surrendered to the military at various points throughout the theatre of operations.

Danmadami said: “The troops also recovered 14 AK47 rifles, two AK49 rifles, one AK56 rifle, one GPMG, one RPG tube, one PK MG and two RPG bombs.

“Also recovered were 732 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 77 rounds of 7.62mm special, 19 rounds of 7.62mm by 29mm special and 16 rounds of 7.62mm ball metal links ammo.

“Also, 1,000 rounds of 7.62mm NATO (belted), 243 rounds of 7.62mm x 54mm special ammo, 89 rounds of 5.56mm by 45mm special, 16 AK47 magazines, seven dane guns and the sum of N103,505 only, as well as other sundry items, were recovered.

“All recovered items arrested Boko Haram/lSWAP terrorists, and terrorist logistics suppliers were handed over to the relevant authority for further action.

“While the surrendered Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and members of their families were profiled for further action.

“The rescued civilians were given medical attention before being handed over to relevant authorities for further action,” he said.

In North-Central, the spokesperson for the DHQ said troops apprehended 44 suspected criminals and rescued 252 civilians during the period, adding that the troops also recovered a cache of arms, 18 mobile phones, and 38 railway sleepers amongst other sundry items.

In the North-West, Danmadami said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji neutralised 30 terrorists, arrested 33 others and rescued 10 kidnapped civilians.

He noted that the troops recovered 13 AK47 rifles, 16 AK47 magazines, 1,531 rounds of 7.62mm special, 886 rounds of 7.62mm NATO (belted) ammo, 139 rounds of 7.62mm special (tracer) ammo, and 30 rounds of empty cases of 7.62mm special.

“Other items recovered include 87 Detonators, 33 rolls of detonator cables, 11 safety fuses, 43 main explosive chargers, 25 motorcycles, 21 mobile phones, boating radios, 887 rustled cattle, seven trucks and the sum of N230,900.

“All recovered items apprehended suspects and rescued civilians have been handed over to the appropriate authority for further action,” he said.

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