Mon. Jun 24th, 2024

The Defence Headquarters said 1,333 terrorists and their family members have surrendered to troops of Operation Hadin Kai across North East in the last two weeks.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, made this known during the bi-weekly news briefing on the operations of the armed forces in Abuja.

The terrorists comprised 222 adult males, 411 adult females and 699 children.

Danmadami said while eight terrorists were neutralised during the period,  troops also apprehended 35 terrorists’ logistics suppliers and rescued 19 civilian victims.

The troops recovered 10 AK47 rifles, one LMG, seven rounds of 5.56 ammunition, and one LMG link containing 111 rounds of 7.62mm NATO.

Others are 200 rounds of LMG ammunition, 46 rounds of 7.62mm special and 12 rounds of refilled and 7.62mm special.

Danmadami said troops also recovered two dane guns, four AK47 magazines loaded with 102 rounds of 7.62mm special, 24 other AK 47 magazines, 36 hand grenades and one motorcycle.

Defence spokesman said the air component of Operation Hadin Kai also eliminated scores of terrorists in their enclaves during several air interdiction operations.

In North West zone, he said the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji and other operations neutralised 13 bandits as well as rescued 23 kidnapped victims.

“Troops recovered seven AK47 rifles, 12 AK47 magazines, 158 rounds of 7.62mm special, one locally fabricated weapon, four Improvised Explosive Devices and two dane guns from the bandits.

He said troops also recovered one motorcycle, one handheld radio, nine bicycles, 39 rustled cows, 74 sheep and N10.5 million cash,” he explained.

The Defence spokesperson said the recent cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria coupled with the sustained effort of the military had led to reduction in incidences of kidnapping.

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