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Troops neutralise bandit leaders in Zamfara, rescue kidnapped victims in Kaduna – DHQ

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Troops neutralise bandit leaders in Zamfara, rescue kidnapped victims in Kaduna – DHQ

The Military says the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji has neutralised some notable leaders and several members of the criminal group in air strikes in the Zamfara State section of the Kagara Forest.


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

Enenche said the feat was achieved on July 9, sequel to intelligence reports that revealed the movement of armed bandits with large number of rustled livestock from the Sokoto State side of the Forest and set up camp in the Zamfara portion.

According to him, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions also later confirmed the exact location of the camp.

He explained that, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships were dispatched to engage the location.

“As the attack aircraft approached the camp, some of the bandits and their leaders were seen fleeing towards the surrounding bushes. Consequently, the attack aircraft struck the area of vegetation taking out several of the bandits.

Intelligence sources later confirmed that eight bandit leaders and no fewer than a dozen of their fighters were killed as a result of the strikes

“The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended the troops for their professionalism.

“He also urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes whilst continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations in order to eradicate all armed bandits,” he said.

Enenche also disclosed that troops of Operation Thunder Strike under the subsidiary Operation Accord, on Thursday, rescued three kidnapped victims from the bandits at Chikun in Kaduna State.

He said the troops responded to credible intelligence on the kidnap of some people by armed bandits from their farm in Gwazunu village, Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

According to him, the bandits escaped in disarray with gun shot wounds thereby abandoning the kidnapped victims.

“All the three victims were successfully rescued unhurt and have been reunited with their families.

“The Military High Command congratulates the gallant troops for their dedication and unwavering commitment and urges them to remain committed and sustain the onslaught against the criminals,” he added.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Troops repel, eliminate 20 terrorists in Monguno attack -DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Nigerian Armed Forces successfully repelled an attack by the Boko Haram/Islamic States West Province (ISWAP) terrorists and eliminated 20 of them in Monguno, Borno on Saturday.


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

Enenche said the ground troops of Sector 3 and Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole, inflicted heavy casualties on the terrorists who attempted to breach the town.

He added that four gun trucks belonging to the terrorists were destroyed during the counter attack by the Air Task Force.

According to him, the troops also captured some of the terrorists and their equipment.

“The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria commends the land component and Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole for the dexterity and professionalism exhibited during this operation.

“The troops are further encouraged to remain resolute and decisive in their ground and air offensives in the theatre,” he  said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Troops intensify onslaught, eliminate more terrorists in North East

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

Enenche said the recent onslaught was in continuation of the aggressive clearance operations across the North East aimed at decisively ending terrorism in the region.

He added that several other terrorists were arrested by the troops.

Enenche explained that the troops of 192 Battalion in Gwoza, Borno,  on Monday conducted a raid on a Boko Haram terrorists’ hideout at Kwatara in the Mandara Mountains.

He added that the successful operation led to the killing of several terrorists while many others fled with gunshot wounds.

The coordinator further disclosed that troops of 151 Battalion, deployed at Strong Response Area, killed two terrorists on the Darel Jamel – Miyanti Road and rescued two women from captivity.

He added that the troops also recovered two bicycles, one sack containing 121 pairs of new rubber slippers and the sum of N29,500.

According to him, one Boko Haram member named Mustapha Kori,  surrendered to troops of Army Super Camp 11, Gamboru, on June 8.

“The surrendered insurgent confessed that he actively participated in Boko Haram activities for the past five years but managed to escape from their camp at Fulatari around Lake Chad after a series of artillery bombardments of their location.

“This led to the death of most of their fighters including their local commanders.

Earlier on June 5, troops of 195 Battalion deployed at Strong Response Area, Zabarmari, Borno State, conducted a long range clearance patrol to Jajeri, Gurnum Kole l, Gurnum Kole ll, Malis and Ladin Mbuta.

“Troops also cleared Asala Fura, Mai Njika, Kanube, Kessa Ngala, Taula and Shuwabe.

“At Taula, troops stormed a Boko Haram hideout, neutralising three criminals while others fled in disarray.

“Troops also recovered one solar panel charger, one cell phone, rubber solution, roasted beef, rice, cooking pots and some cooking ingredients before destroying the enclave,” he said.

Enenche further disclosed that the same troops of 195 Battalion in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force eliminated one terrorist on the Dusuman – Zabarmari track road.

He added that one AK47 Rifle and one magazine loaded with two rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition were recovered.

According to him, the troops of 271 Task Force Tank Battalion, Michika, Adamawa, tracked and arrested a Boko Haram spy named Kawalu during a jummat prayer at Michika Central Mosque on Friday.

“The arrested suspect confessed to have come from Maikadiri, a Boko Haram enclave.

“The suspect is presently in troops’ custody for further interrogation,” he said.

He said the Chief of Army Staff (COAS),   Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, commended the gallant troops for their resilience, courage and dedication to the noble cause of defending the country.

“The high command of the armed forces of Nigeria  also urges the troops to remain steadfast and focused as they sustain the onslaught against the enemies of our nation,” he added.

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Troops of Operation Accord overrun more bandits in Zamfara — Coordinator

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

Enenche explained that the troops of Operation Katsina under Operation Accord on June 5, intercepted a bandits’ gun-runner and logistics supplier at Mararraba Maigora in Faskari Local Government Area of the state.

He disclosed that items such as 496 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and one Bajaj Motorcycle were recovered during the operation.

The coordinator further disclosed that the troops neutralised three bandits and captured four in a cordon and search operation at Yauyau and Zandam villages.

He said that items that included seven dane guns, three cellphones and two motorcycles recovered.

He stated that captured bandits were in custody for interrogations.

According to him, troops engaged fleeing bandits on Dunya-Dangeza road and recovered two dane guns and four motorcycles on June 6.

“Additionally, troops destroyed the Daban Jabi camp of a notorious Bandit leader known as Dan Jangeru.

“Also at Warnu village two bandits were neutralised while others escaped with gunshot wounds, one AK47 rifle was recovered in the process.

“The military high command congratulates Operation Hadarin Daji 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.


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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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