DHQ reveals number of terrorists commanders annihilated 1st quarter of 2024

DHQ reveals number of terrorists commanders annihilated 1st quarter of 2024
April 04 20:31 2024 Print This Article

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has revealed that troops have killed several terrorists’ commanders in the course of their battle against terrorists, bandits and kidnappers in the first quarter of this year.

The Director Defence Media Operations Major General Edward Buba who disclosed this during the biweekly press briefing that took place at the defence headquarters in Abuja on Thursday noted that among those killed include and is not limited to the following: Abu Bilal Minuki (aka Abubakar Mainok) – Head of Is-Al Furqan Province (ISGS and ISWAP) and Haruna Isiya Boderi. He noted that he was a notorious terrorists who operated along Birnin Gwari Forest in Kaduna State as well as the Abuja Kaduna Highway. He was killed by troops in 21 Feb 24.

Others are: Kachallah Damina ( Neutralised in Mar 24, by troops. He was neutralised alongside over 50 combatants), Kachallah Alhaji Dayi, Kachallah Idi (Namaidaro), Kachallah Kabiru (Doka), Kachallah Azarailu (Farin-Ruwa), Kachallah Balejo, Kachallah Ubangida, Alhaji Baldu among several others.

According to him, “the above was achieved through synchronized strikes between the ground and air forces on terrorist enclaves.

“For instance, lmmediately upon acquisition of vital targets, fighter jets are scrambled to carry out major bombarding raids on significant terrorist enclaves.

He noted that “the armed forces is fighting a vicious enemy in the ongoing operations across the country. Nevertheless, the military is ready, prepared, equipped and focused on what to do with these terrorist and their cohorts.

“Surely, we have been collecting intelligence, hunting them and striking them where they maybe hiding and hibernating. Our aim is to kill this terrorist and the infrastructure that supports them.

“Accordingly, we have employed significant firepower to neutralize several terrorists and disrupt their activities.

He further explained that troops equally conducted ambushes, raids, fighting patrols and offensive against the terrorist.

“The attacks and offensive actions by troops during the period Jan38 to March 2024 resulted in 2,351 terrorists neutralize , 2,308 persons arrested and 1,241 kidnapped hostages rescued.

“Furthermore, troops recovered 2,847 weapons, 58,492 ammunitions and denied the oil theft of an estimated sum over N20 bn (N20,331,713,910.00) only.

“A breakdown for the period includes and is not limited to the following: 1,497 AK47 rifles, 33,878 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 12,698 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 948 assorted arms and 5,520 assorted ammo.

“Others are 21,573,310 litres of stolen crude oil, 2,723,430 litres of illegally refined AGO, 53,300 litres of DPK and 52,730 litres of PMS amongst other item.

“The foregoing demonstrates that ongoing operations are effective and result oriented. Accordingly, the military is raising the bar in the prosecution of the war.

“Consequently, citizens will continue to witness the incremental effectiveness and efficiency of the armed forces.

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