Over 420 terrorists, bandits killed in battle in September -DHQ

The Defence Headquarters said on Thursday  that more than 420 terrorists and bandits were neutralized while in combat with troops of Nigerian Army at various theatres of operations across the country.

Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General  Benard Onyeuko  disclosed this during a press briefing in Abuja on the Armed Forces of Nigeria’s operational activities between September 2 and 30, 2021.

According to him, within the period in focus, troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria  sustained the upscale in the rate of operational efforts across various theatres in the Country.

General Onyeuko said that troops of OPERATION HADIN KAI in the North East of the country, “cumulatively neutralized  a total of 85 BHT/ISWAP terrorists  while 43 terrorists including their collaborators and logistics suppliers were arrested in the course of the various operations.” 

Also, a total of 121 assorted weapons including SMG, HK21 guns, AK-47 and locally-made rifles with magazines, 3,372 rounds of 7.62mm NATO/Special ammunition, locally made pistols and smooth body grenades, RPG-7 bombs as well as 12,250 bags of fertilizers and 178 rustled livestock among several other items were recovered by the troops. While  a total of 2,783 terrorists and their families surrendered within the period under review.

According to the Director “,troops had several encounters with terrorists at different locations in the  North East  including  Mazga – Kamuya, Damboa Wass – Bitta – Balo – Gwoza and Damboa – Bulabulin – Maiduguri roads as well as at Bazza, Jigaiambu and Michika towns, in Borno State. 

“Other locations are; Mairari, Rumirgo and Fuye villages; Gashua market, Takaskala axis,  Damaturu – Maiduguri main supply routes, Mafa town as well as along Gulumba Gana – Dikwa road, all in Borno State.

” In addition, dozens of ISWAP/BHT terrorists and their collaborators were neutralized in coordinated air strikes executed by the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI on 26 September 2021. This feat was achieved at Daban Masara, north of Lake Chad in Kukawa LGA of Borno State, from where the criminal elements launch attacks on own troops’ locations and innocent civilians in the area, he said.

General Onyeuko said that  troops of OPERATION HADARIN DAJI  located in the North West have  been on offensive operations on bandits’ enclaves .

Their operations , he said have drastically degraded the operational capabilities of the terrorists and denied  them freedom of action as well as frustrated movement of arms, ammunition and other illegal items, at the same time built confidence among locals. 
He said that  during the period under review, own troops responded to distress calls on bandits’ activities at different locations in Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina States.
” These include; armed bandits’ attacks on Gidan Kwaru village in Tsafe LGA of Zamfara State, Kaiga general area and Tafoki village in Funtua LGA of Katsina State. Other incidents recorded were bandits’ invasions of Burkusuma town and Makuwana village in Sabon-Birni LGA of Sokoto State and Sabuwa Town as well as bandits’ road block along Gimi-Gora Road also in Katsina State.

” Troops’ swift responses with superior firepower during the incidents led to the repelling of armed bandits who were forced to flee in disarray, neutralization of scores of them and arrest of some others, including their informants and collaborators. 

“Also, arms and ammunition among other items were recovered. Additionally, troops neutralized and arrested armed bandits and their arms supplier and informant at Kofar Fada village in Kankara LGA, Shabba village under Jibia LGA, Kaiga general area as well as Ummandau and Gammu villages, all in Katsina State.
” Furthermore, troops conducted clearance/raid operations on bandits’ enclaves at Falaliya, Yan Duwatsu, Kunkare, Jangeme, Mazarko and Kasala villages under Talata Mafara LGA in Zamfara State as well as Yarmariya village in Tudun Wada LGA of Kano State and cleared bandits’ camps. 
“During the period under review, a total of 240 armed bandits were neutralized, 125 assorted arms including AK-47 and FN riffles and Dane guns as well as 1,166 rounds of 7.62mm special/NATO ammunition, 1,304 livestock’s and 54 motorcycles among other items were recovered within the period. Also, 47 armed bandits, informants and bandits’ collaborators were arrested within the period.

In the same vein, the Air Component conducted air bombardments on criminal enclaves in different locations including Magami and Dansadau forests in Zamfara State.

 Also, it carried out coordinated offensive air strikes on bandits’ hideouts, from where they launched attacks own troops’ locations and innocent civilians between 22 and 26 September 2021. The air operations yielded attendant successes at Danmusa, Safana and Dutsinma LGAs as well as Gonar, Sani, Jikan and Malam villages at the Yantumaki forest, Lelet village forest and Yantumaki – Maidabino road in Katsina State, he said.

The operations resulted in the neutralization of no fewer than 53 armed bandits, while several others escaped with varying degree of gunshot wounds and destruction of several of their structures used as hideouts and logistics facilities. The Air Component also provided close air support for ground troops during their operations.