Troops neutralise 50 terrorists, rescue 182 kidnapped hostages

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Friday said its troops deployed to different parts of the country neutralised 50 terrorists an arrested 122 others.

The military high command also said troops also arrested 49 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 182 kidnapped hostages.

Director Defence Media Operations Major General Edward Buba who stated this in a statement,   troops in the South South geo-political zone denied oil thieves estimated to worth the sum of One Hundred Twenty Eight Million Sixty Six Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Five Naira (N128,066,825.00) only.

He said troops in the Niger Delta area destroyed 242 dugout pits, 49 boats, 78 storage tanks, one tricycle, 21 vehicles, 104 cooking ovens, 3 pumping machine, 7 outboard engine and 49 illegal refining sites.

“Troops recovered 151,850 litres of stolen crude oil, 48,630 litres of illegally refined AGO and 10,125 litres of DPK,” he said.

He said troops of Operation HADIN KAI conducted ambush operation against terrorists in Konduga LGA of Borno state.

“They also conducted offensive operations to terrorists enclaves in Gamboru and Gujba LGAs of Borno and Yobe States respectively. Fighting patrols were equally conducted in Bama, Damboa and Kaga LGAs of Borno State.

“Troops arrested suspected BH/ISWAP terrorists informant and collaborators in Mobbar, Monguno, Kwaya Kusar and Bama LGAs in Borno State. They also discovered arms in  Biu LGA of Borno State. Additionally, troops arrested  BH/ISWAP terrorists and kidnapper in Gulanl and Monguno LGs in Yobe and Borno States respectively,” he said.

According to him, troops recovered 66 assorted weapons and 11,474 assorted ammunition.

He said the breakdown are as follows: “One conqueror APC, one GPMG, one NSVT gun, one GT3 rifle, 25 AK47 rifles, 4 pump action gun, 2 locally made AK47 rifles, 3 locally made gun, one locally made revolver gun, 4 locally fabricated pistols and 4 long dane gun, 2 locally made hand grenades, one bandolier.

“ 574 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 640 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 150 rounds of 12.7mm ammo, 5 rounds of 9mm ammo, 10,520 live cartridges, 5 vehicles, 27 mobile phones, 12 motorcycle, 3 boafeng radios, one Motorolla HHR, 3 bicycles, one solar panel, one solar charger controller, one radio receiver and the sum of N75,909,290.00 amongst other items,” he said.

He said the armed forces will continue to apply strong military pressure such as has been witnessed in the week.

“The terrorist and their cohorts would continue to suffer heavy causalities. It is in their interest to surrender as being done in the North East of the country to avoid eventual destruction,” he said.

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