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Troops foil robbery attempt on Benin-Lagos expressway

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Troops of the 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin, on Friday foiled a suspected robbery attempt on the Benin-Lagos expressway.

Capt. Mohammed Maidawa, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, who confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin, said that the troops on Operation Safe Conduct, were on a routine patrol when they received a distress call on the development.

He said the troops immediately reacted to the distress call and foiled the robbery attempt at the general area of Okada Junction.

Maidawa further said that the action of the troops, who mobilised to the scene, denied the men of the underworld opportunity to unleash terror on commuters plying the busy road.

“The armed robbers who barricaded the road, fled into the bush on sighting the army patrol team.

“Troops cleared the barricade for commuters to continue their journey, while the troops continued with their patrol to prevent all forms of criminality within the general area,” he said.

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Merkel allies criticise Trump decision to cut United States troops in Germany

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Senior lawmakers, from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservative bloc, on Saturday, criticised President Donald Trump’s decision to order the United States military to remove 9,500 troops from Germany.

The move would reduce United States troop’s numbers in Germany to 25,000, from 34,500.

“The plans once again show that the Trump administration is neglecting an elementary leadership task: the involvement of alliance partners in decision-making processes,’’ Johann Wadephul, foreign policy spokesman for the parliamentary group, told Reuters.

All NATO partners benefited from the cohesion of the alliance, and only Russia and China gain from discord, Wadephul said, adding: “This should be given more attention in Washington’’.

Wadephul also spoke of a “further wake-up call” to Europeans to position themselves better in terms of security policy.

The German Foreign Ministry declined to comment.

Andreas Nick, like Wadephul a member of the parliamentary foreign relations committee, told Deutsche Welle the indications were that “the decision was not a technical but a purely politically motivated decision’’.

A United States official, who did not want to be identified, said on Friday the move was the result of months of work by the top United States military officer, General Mark Milley, and had nothing to do with tensions between Trump and Merkel, who thwarted Trump’s plan to host a G7 meeting this month.

The withdrawal, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, is the latest twist in relations between Berlin and Washington, which have often been strained during Trump’s presidency.

Trump has pressed Germany to raise defence spending and accused Berlin of being a “captive” of Russia due to its energy reliance.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Troops of Operation Accord kill 70 bandits in Kachia forest – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters says the troops of the newly-launched Operation Accord on Friday killed Friday no fewer than 70 armed bandits and cattle rustlers in Kashia Forest in Kaduna State.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche
, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
Enenche
said the success was recorded in a combined ground and air offensive conducted by troops of Operation Thunder Strike, under Operation Accord, in conjunction with troops of 312 Artillery Regiment and local Vigilantes in the area.
He said the offensive operation was sequel to a credible information on the bandits’ movements within the area.
According to him, troops pursued the bandits through Gidan Maikeri village in Chikun Local Government Area into the forest.
“Their location was identified and consequently engaged by Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunships.
“After the air interdiction, 70 bandits were confirmed killed by human intelligence while others escaped with injuries while exploitation operation is still being carried out by the troops in the forest.
“As a matter of security concern, people in this general area should report those with sudden and suspicious injuries to the security forces.
“This is to ensure that the escapees are mopped up,” he said.
Enenche further disclosed that troops of Operation Yaki in blocking positions for Operation Accord at outskirts of Kankomi village arrested two bandits’ logistics suppliers.
He said that Items such as recharge cards, cigarettes, soft drinks and groceries were recovered.
The Military High Command congratulates Operation Thunder Strike, Operation Yaki and Air Component of Operation Accord for their dexterity.
“The general public is requested to continue to provide timely and credible information that would assist in eliminating bandits and other criminal elements in the country,” he said. NAN
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Trump directs United States troops reduction in Germany: media

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United States President Donald Trump directed the Pentagon to reduce United States military presence in Germany by September, United States media reported on Friday.

Citing United States government officials, The Wall Street Journal said in a Friday piece that the move would reduce 9,500 troops from the 34,500 troops that are permanently assigned in Germany.

The move also limits the size of United States troops deployed in Germany at any one time at the 25,000-troop level. According to the report, overall troop levels under current practice can rise to as high as 52,000 as units rotate in and out or take part in training exercises.

The report came days after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said due to the coronavirus pandemic, she will not attend the Group of Seven (G7) Summit that initially scheduled at the White House in late June.

A person familiar with the matter was quoted as saying that the troops’ reduction plan had been discussed within the administration for months and was not linked to Merkel’s decision on G7 Summit.

The reduction plan might further strain the relations between Washington and Berlin. The two allies have been at odds with each other on Iran nuclear issues, Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, and defense burden-sharing, among others.

(XINHUA)

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D.C. mayor asks Trump to withdraw federal law enforcement, troops dealing with protests

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday requested that President Donald Trump “withdraw all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence” in the nation’s capital after the president sent in forces to tackle the protests related to the death of George Floyd.

Bowser, a Democrat of African-American descent, wrote in a letter that she has ended the state of emergency in the district related to demonstrations against the death of Floyd, a black man killed last week under the custody of white police in Minneapolis.

The mayor noted that protests in the capital have been “peaceful,” and that the Metropolitan Police Department, for the second consecutive night, “did not make a single arrest” Thursday night.

“I continue to be concerned that unidentified federal personnel patrolling the streets of Washington, D.C. pose both safety and national security risks,” Bowser told Trump in the letter, adding that federal law enforcement personnel and equipment “are inflaming demonstrations and adding to the grievances of those who, by and large, are peacefully protesting for change and for reforms to the racist and broken systems that are killing Black Americans.”

Trump, whose threat to deploy active-duty military forces to quell the protests has drawn harsh and broad condemnation from both current and former officials, said Friday that his plan to address racism in the country is to provide a strong economy for the African American community.

While touting the unexpected decline in unemployment in May, the president said at the White House Rose Garden that a strong economy is “the greatest thing that can happen for race relations” as well as minorities including African Americans.

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Nigerian troops intensify fight against Boko Haram militants

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The Nigerian troops had achieved encouraging results in recent operations against extremist group Boko Haram and other gunmen groups across the restive northern region, a military spokesperson said.

John Enenche, Nigeria‘s defense spokesperson, said in a statement reaching Xinhua in Lagos on Friday that dozens of militants had been killed while many others surrendered in operations by the troops between Monday and Wednesday.

One soldier was killed and another wounded in one operation, Enenche added.

He said in continuation of the clearance operations across the northeast, troops of Army Super Camp 6 on Wednesday in conjunction with Borno state Civilian Joint Task Force, conducted a deliberate ambush operation against Boko Haram militants at Lawanti River line in Konduga of Borno state, killing six of them while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

Relatedly, the military spokesperson said the troops had on Tuesday an encounter with some Boko Haram militants at Daban Magaji in Borno, killing 9 of them and destroying one Boko Haram gun truck as well as capturing one anti-aircraft gun, two rifles and a large cache of anti-aircraft ammunition.

He said troops of 144 Battalion deployed in Madagali of Adamawa state on Monday briskly cleared Boko Haram camps at several villages in the area. During the encounter at Gajinji village, troops killed one militant and arrested 2 adult females identified to be the local Boko Haram commander’s wives.

Furthermore, resulting from sustained artillery bombardments and ground assaults against Boko Haram hideouts in the northeast, more militants are surrendering to the troops in recent days, according to Enenche.

Speaking on the fight against bandits in the northwest, Enenche said troops of Operation Whirl Punch acting on credible information raided on Wednesday a bandits’ camp in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state, killing two of them while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

He said the troops will continue to be steadfast and focused as they sustain the onslaught against Boko Haram and other militant groups.

(XINHUA)

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Nigerian troops sustain massive assault on terrorists in N/East – DHQ

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The Nigerian military has sustained massive assault against  Boko Haram/Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in continuation of its operations across the Northeast, Defence Headquarters has said.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Friday, said that more terrorists have been killed while many others surrendered.

Enenche disclosed that the troops of Army Super Camp 6, Konduga in Borno with the Civilian Joint Task Force, killed six terrorists in an ambush operation at Lawanti River line on June 3.

He added that others escaped with gunshot wounds.

Enenche also said that more terrorists had continued to surrender to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) as a result of sustained artillery bombardments and ground assaults on their hideouts.

According to him, three of the terrorists, namely: Mohammed Babagana, Modu Jugudun and Alhaji Usman surrendered to troops of Delta Company at Pulka in Gwoza Local Government Area on June 2.

He disclosed that the trio confessed to have escaped from their camp in Dabulari Village, Bama Local Government Area after a heavy artillery bombardment that led to the death of many of their erstwhile colleagues.

The coordinator further disclosed that the combined troops of 19 Brigade and 401 Special Forces Brigade conducted a robust clearance operation at Doron Naira and Magaji on June 2.

He explained that the troops recovered one 120mm Mortar base plate, one religious book, metal links for-Aircraft ammunition and a roll of copper wire abandoned by the terrorists in Doran Naira.

Enenche said  the troops, through superior fire,  killed nine terrorists at Daban Magaji encounter.

He added that the troops destroyed one Boko Haram Gun Truck as well as captured one Anti-Aircraft Gun, 2 AK 47 Rifles, and a large cache of Anti-Aircraft ammunition.

“However, one officer paid the supreme price while one soldier was wounded in action.

“The soldier wounded in action is currently receiving treatment in our military medical facility.

Similarly, on June 1, troops of 144 Battalion deployed in Madagali, Adamawa State briskly cleared BHT Staging Area and Crossing Points at Lemu, Gajinji and Tsakiraku.

“During the encounter at Gajinji, troops neutralised one terrorist and arrested 2 adult females namely: Aishatu Manye and Kelune Mate identified to be the local BHT commander’s wives,” he said.

In the North West, Enenche disclosed that troops of Operation Whirl Punch had on June 3, raided a bandits’ Camp at Kurmin Dande in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State acting on credible information.

He explained that troops made contact and neutralised two of the bandits while others escaped with gunshot wounds during the operation.

According to him, troops recovered two Dane guns, two motorcycles, one locally fabricated short gun, four cutlasses, three cell phones, two small solar panels and some clothing items before destroying their camp.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, congratulates  the gallant troops for their resilience, courage and dedication to the noble cause of defending our fatherland.

“The high command of the armed forces of Nigeria also encourages the troops to continue to be steadfast and focused as they sustain the onslaught against the enemies of our nation,” he said.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

 

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Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists lose more high ranking commanders, equipment to Nigerian troops

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The Boko Haram/Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists have lost more high ranking commanders to Nigerian troops following a failed attack on troops’ location at Banki Junction and Firgi in Borno, recently.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Enenche said that troops of Operation Lafya Dole (OPLD) on May 26, killed high ranking commanders of the Abubakar Shekau’s faction of the Boko Haram terrorist’ group during a counter attack against the terrorists.

He explained that the Boko Haram/ISWAP commanders that were killed include Manzar Halid, Amir Abu Fatima and Nicap among others with 72 fighters of the sect also neutralised in the attack.

According to him, others wounded with narrow chances of survival include some high profile commanders and fighters are, namelyamratu AL-Naweer, Kaka Bana and Tareta Babakari.

“Equally, a large number of their equipment including gun trucks, motorcycles and bicycles were destroyed by troops in collaboration with the Air Task Force during fighters’ withdrawal which was in disarray.

“Furthermore, credible information indicates  that the camp is in chaos and presently unable to conduct any offensive due to heavy losses.

“Additionally, the blockade of their spy routes, networks, crossing points and logistics supplies had further crippled the terrorists and limited their freedom of movement and action to the advantage of own troops.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, congratulates the gallant troops for their resilience, courage and dedication to ending the North-East security challenge.

The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria hereby encourages all troops of OPLD to sustain the onslaught against the terrorists,” he said.


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Protests: Trump threatens to deploy troops in states

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United States President Donald Trump on Monday evening threatened to deploy soldiers in cities rocked by violent protests over the death of a black American in police custody.

Speaking from the White House, Trump said he would call in the military if governors failed to take necessary action to defend the life and property of their residents.

The president stated that the country was witnessing “acts of domestic terror”, and not peaceful protests”.

Earlier in the day, he reportedly criticised the nation’s governors during a conference call where he described them as “weak” in the face of the growing racial unrest.

Local media reports quoted him as urging the governors to take decisive action against violent protesters.

“You have to dominate. If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you.

“You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks”, he reportedly told the state chief executives during the virtual meeting.

At the White House address, Trump blamed extremist groups such as Antifa for the unrest.

He vowed to ensure lawbreakers were “arrested, detained and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”.

“My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people.

“I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is what I will do.

“The destruction of innocent life and the spilling of innocent blood is an offence to humanity and a crime against God,” he said.

The protests started in the city of Minneapolis where 46-year-old George Floyd died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes.

His death has been declared a homicide following an official post-mortem examination.

The protests have turned violent in several cities with Minneapolis, Washington DC and New York, declaring curfew on Monday night.

Trump said Floyd’s memory must not be “drowned out by an angry mob”, adding that Americans were rightly “sickened and revolted” by his brutal death.

“I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protests.

“But in recent days our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa and others.

“A number of state and local governments have failed to take necessary action to safeguard their residents,” he added.

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Nigerian troops kill 4 in airstrikes on gunmen camp

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Four gunmen were killed when the Nigerian military launched airstrikes to destroy a logistics warehouse of a “criminal gang” in the country’s northwest region, the military said on Monday.

In a statement reaching Xinhua in Abuja, the military said the weekend bombardment of the gunmen’s camp in the Birnin Kogo area of the northwestern state of Zamfara followed credible intelligence.

An attack aircraft that scrambled to engage the target had scored accurate hits on a large structure within the camp, used by the gunmen group to store their ammunition and other logistics items, the statement said.

The military said the warehouse went up in flames, as a result of its volatile contents, leading to its complete destruction.

According to the statement, the airstrikes were in continuation of the renewed onslaught against “criminal gangs” in parts of the Nigerian northwest and north-central regions where kidnapping and armed banditry, among other crimes, had become rampant.

(XINHUA)

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