Troops neutralised 40 terrorists, arrested 191 in one week – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters Thursday said troops deployed to different theatres of operations across the country neutralized 40 terrorists and arrested 191 others in the last one week.

The military high command said troops conducted ambushes, raids , fighting patrols and other forms of offensives against the terrorist.

Director Defence Media Operations Major General Edward Buba who disclosed this while briefing journalists in Abuja, added that troops recovered 72 assorted weapons and 338 assorted ammunition.
According to him, troops also arrested 68 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 80 kidnapped hostages.

“In the South South , troops denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of Four Hundred and Eight Million One Hundred and Forty Seven Thousand Four Hundred and Sixty Naira (N408,147,460.00) only.
“Troops in the Niger Delta area destroyed 23 dugout pits, 30 boats, 99 storage tanks, 2 motorcycles and 13 vehicles.

“Other items recovered include 135 cooking ovens, one speedboat, 5 pump machines, 2 motorcycles and 68 illegal refining sites. Troops recovered 406,500 litres of stolen crude oil, 252,112 litres of illegally refined AGO, 3,158 litres of DPK and 10,800 litres of PMS,” he said.

Speaking further, he said the breakdown of recovered weapons and ammunition are as follows: “20 AK47 rifles, 6 FN rifles, 8 pump action guns, 4 locally fabricated rifle, 19 dane guns, 2 x 36 hand grenades, 165 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 100 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 1,085 rounds 7.62mm x 56mm ammo, 5.56mm x 45mm ammo, 84 rounds 12.7mm ammo and 12 live cartridges.

“Others are: one PKM barrel, one locally made bomb, 2 RPG charger, one bandolier, 34 magazines, 10 vehicles, 32 mobile phones, 18 motorcycles, 23 bicycles, 6 boafeng HH radios and the sum of N895,900.00 amongst other items.”
Speaking further, he said the goal of ongoing operations is to destroy the terrorist and their cohorts across the country.

He said: “The armed forces is determined to end terrorism and insecurity across the country. Accordingly, troops are strategically deployed to conduct operations across the country in order to create a safe environment for citizens to go about their lawful duties and activities.

“Furthermore, we are carrying out attacks on the terrorist enclaves and strongholds, aimed at eliminating the leadership and foot soldiers of these terror groups. Troops will continue to go after these terrorist and apply military pressure to destroy them and their cohorts across the country. “