Troops neutralise 52 terrorists, arrest 53 criminals – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Friday said its troops deployed to operations across the country neutralised 52 terrorists, arrested 53 criminals and seven suspected oil thieves.

The high command also said 61 kidnapped hostages were rescued by troops in different theatres of operations.

Director Defence Media Operations Major General Edward Buba who stated in a statement also said, a total of seven terrorists comprising five males and two females surrender to troops.

He said troops of Operation DELTA SAFE denied oil thieves an estimated sum of Nine Hundred and Forty-six Million, Three Hundred and Eighty-seven Thousand Five Hundred and Seventy Naira (N946,387,570.00) worth of crude.

“The operations in South-South resulted in the recovery of 496,250 litres of stolen crude oil, 83,400 litres of illegally refined AGO, 1,200 litres of PMS, 4 pumping machines, 5 Speed Boats, 34 dugout pits, 57 storage tanks, 16 wooden boats, 85 ovens and 3 outboard engines,” he said.

General Buba disclosed that troops recovered a total number of 77 weapons and 658 assorted kinds of ammunition.

According to him, “the breakdown as follows; 53 AK47 rifle, 2 AK47 rifles loaded with 8 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 18 locally fabricated rifles, 1 beretta pistol, 3 pump action guns, 650 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 50 AK47 magazines, 2 rounds of 9mm ammo, 6 rounds of 7.62 NATO, 5 fragmentation jackets.

The defence spokesperson also said troops recovered 15 vehicles, 12 motorcycles, 12 Bicycles, 5 mobile phones, 12 cutlasses, 2 generator sets, 2 gas Cylinders, 133 livestocks and a sum of N602,000 and Airtel airtime worth N8,000.”

He said: “Troops of Operation HADIN KAI in the North East were engaged in ambushes, raids, rescue operations, fighting patrols, attacks as well as cordon and search activities. These operations resulted in neutralized terrorists, rescued hostages, surrender of terrorist combatants as well as recovery of arms and ammunition.

“The operational activities of troops of Joint Task Force Operation HADARIN DAJI in the North Central ranged from rescue of kidnap victims within Tsafe LGA of Zamfara to artillery missions on terrorists massing up in the forest. Others include the arrest of terrorist collaborators and the conduct of offensive activities to disrupt terrorist freedom of action.”

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