How Nigeria military neutralised 43 terrorists, arrested 115 – Official

The Defence Headquarters has said no fewer than 43 terrorists have been neutralised and 115 others arrested by troops in different operations in the past week.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. Edward Buba, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Buba said the military remained focused on its campaign against insurgents and operations against other criminals across the country.

According to him, troops are hunting terrorists in their hiding places and conducting targeted offensives to destroy them.

He said that troops had neutralised several leaders of terrorist groups and their foot soldiers, as well as degraded their fighting capabilities.

“During the week in focus, troops conducted ambushes, raids, fighting patrols and other forms of offensives against the terrorists. These offensive actions resulted in 43 terrorists being neutralised and 115 arrested.

“Troops recovered 87 assorted weapons and 666 assorted ammunition, comprising 11 AK-47 rifles, one FN rifle, two pump-action guns and eight locally fabricated guns.

“Also recovered are 11 Dane guns, two locally fabricated pistols, one Makarov pistol, one Beretta pistol, one fabricated SMG, one locally-made mortar with one empty bomb, four IEDs, 17 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 592 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, four rounds of 7.5mm ammo, one round of 9mm ammo and 36 live cartridges.

“Others are 18 empty cases of 7.62mm special, two bandoliers, 13 magazines, two vehicles, 21 mobile phones, nine motorcycles, 15 bicycles, two tricycles, five Boafeng HH radios and the sum of N1.6 million, amongst other items,” he said.