- The ongoing onslaught against terrorism has recorded a groundbreaking boost as terrorists and bandits were successfully neutralised
- Forty-five Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists were killed by troops in several operations
- Several arms and ammunition were recovered during the counter-insurgency operations in the northeast
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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has continued to record massive win in the fight against terrorism as Nigerian troops killed 45 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in several operations from June 11 – 18, a period of one week.
This was disclosed by the coordinator, defence media operations, Major-General John Enenche, at a press briefing on Thursday, June 18, at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
Eneche speaking on military operations said the soldiers during a counter-attack on Monguno town rescued 33 that were held captives and recovered a large cache of arms, ammunition and equipment.
The defence spokesman went on to note that the Nigerian Military recorded successes against armed bandits operating in the region. The troop carried out aggressive clearance operations where they neutralized scores of bandits.
They caught 3 suspects and freed 6 kidnapped victims amongst other recoveries. Meanwhile, the troops were able to restore peace to Olegeje community in Agatu local government area of Benue state after apprehending a popular militia leader known as Alhaji Audu on Sunday, June 14.
Alhaji Audu was suspected to be responsible for several attacks in the community and has been on the wanted list of security agencies for some time now.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian military announced that 392 bandits have been killed since the commencement of Operation Katsina.
This was disclosed by the coordinator, defence media operations on Thursday, June 4 at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
“In the northwest and north-central parts of the country, the gallant troops through land and air offensives successfully neutralized 392 bandits since the commencement of Operation Katsina, which seriously degraded the bandits and other criminal elements in the two zones," Major-General Enenche disclosed.
In other news, the DHQ disclosed that the killing of 81 people in Borno was a revenge attack by insurgents on the people for revealing their locations to the Nigerian military.
The defence spokesman told Channels TV on Friday, June 12, that another killing of 40 people in Katsina was also carried out by bandits because residents in the area had informed the military about the location of the attackers.
He said the fight against insecurity in the north was facing challenges from lack of intelligence.
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