Insecurity: Troops ‘ve killed 343 insurgents, 146 bandits in 6 weeks – Spokesman

The Nigerian military said it has killed 343 Boko haram/ Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) fighters including their commanders in the ongoing Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-east between 18th of March to 5th May 2020.

The coordinator Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, stated this Wednesday in Abuja during a press conference on the updates of the successes recorded by the military in its various theatres operations across the country which includes Operation Lafiya Dole, Hadarin Daji, Operation Whirl Punch and Maritime Operations

He said; “Within the period under review, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE put in a high professional effort with glaring success.

“Consequently, air interdictions were conducted, which led to the destruction of several BHT logistics facilities and compounds, housing some of their leaders including Abu Usamah and a number of their fighters who were eliminated.

“Similarly, a total of 343 BHT/ISWAP fighters were killed and several others suffered various degrees of gunshot wounds with narrow chances of survival. This is in addition to several others, including their key leaders, killed by Air bombardments.”

Speaking on Operation Hadarin Daji he said troops killed 146 bandits in in Katsina and Zamfara states within the same period and several arms and ammunitions were recovered.

He however said four soldiers were killed in the operations.

“Several bandits’ locations and hideouts were cleared with Close Air Support provided for ground troops. In all, a total of 17 kidnapped victims were rescued and united with their families and 146 bandits were neutralized in Katsina and Zamfara states.

“Within the same period, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI recovered several arms and ammunition among other equipment. Our agile troops also rescued 922 Rustled Cattles and 446 sheep. However, 4 soldiers paid the supreme prize,” he said.

He added that Troops of Operation Whirl Punch, during the period under review, clamped down on Armed Militia and other bandits in Benue and Taraba States.

“Within the period, troops rescued 7 kidnapped victims and recovered large caches of ammunition and other items. A total of 7 bandits were killed by troops from contacts made at Toto Nasarawa State and Anku Mbagen in Atera-Jange Torov Council Ward of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State. Non of our Troops was wounded or killed in action.

“Along the Southern Regions, troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria operating within the Maritime environment covering Operations Awatse and Delta Safe recorded tremendous successes in their operations. Cumulatively, a total of Sixty One (61) illegal refining sites were discovered during Anti-Crude Oil/Anti-Illegal Bunkering Operations in the Niger delta Region.

“In all, a total of Four thousand Four Hundred and Sixty-Five barrels (4,464.8) and One Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty-One (1,781,000) Litres of Crude Oil were recovered. Also recovered were One Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty-Six Thousand, Nine Hundred (1,756,900) Litres of AGO; One Hundred and Sixteen Thousand, Five Hundred (116,000) Litres of DPK; and Eleven Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifty (11,750) Litres of PMS.

“From our operations within the period reviewed, it is obvious that the Armed Forces of Nigeria is winning the war against the enemies of our great country.

“Consequently, the Armed Forces of Nigeria will remain resolute and highly committed to end the insurgency in the country.

“It will sustain the offensive and will not relent until peace is restored to every troubled region of our beloved Country”, he said.

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